Ages 16+ Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccinations
(Greensburg, Ind. – April 2, 2021) Today, Hoosiers ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Those individuals can schedule a vaccination at https://ourshot.in.gov. or by calling 211 if they do not have access to a computer or need assistance registering.
Decatur County currently offers three vaccination sites: Decatur County Memorial Hospital, the Decatur County Health Department and Walmart (at Greensburg Commons). Vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are now available. The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine available at this time for 16 and 17 year olds. You must be 18 years or older to receive the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Early clinical trials of the vaccine show no adverse effects for pregnant women, but if you’re pregnant, you should have a conversation with a healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you.
While more than 1 million Hoosiers have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the numbers of cases reported around the state are beginning to rise again. In the last two weeks, the cases have increased by 14%. For this reason, the Center for Disease Control strongly recommends continuing to wear a mask in public to lessen the spread of the virus and combat the new, stronger variant.
“This is really no time to let our guard down. We are in a race between the vaccination campaign and a new, worrisome coronavirus variant,” said Wayne Perry, M.D. “While a large number of Decatur County residents have been vaccinated, we are a long way away from reaching “herd immunity” — occurring when spread of a virus begins to slow because a large percent of the population (70-90%) is immune to it.”