Boone County Health Dept. restocks pediatric doses, plans to expand clinic hours • Current Publishing

The Boone County Health Department, after several weeks without pediatric doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, has received an additional shipment and has coordinated with the Department of Health to secure more.

Lisa Younts, director of BCHD’s Nursing and Vital Records division, said the division initially received 300 doses on Nov. 3. Within a week the doses had been delivered and the department did not know when it would receive the next shipment. While waiting for news from the Indiana State Department of Health on when more doses would come, the department sent families to surrounding vaccine clinics with available doses.

“We just received our next shipment of pediatric vaccine doses,” Younts said on Nov. 22. “Now we have 700 doses that we expect to use in the coming weeks. We can now order through the state system to keep up with that supply, which is good news because there has been quite a high demand and we have had to turn people down. “

As adults can now receive booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine, the BCHD expects to expand its clinic hours. The department’s COVID-19 clinic is currently open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.

“We continue to do boosters for those who were authorized (previously), and our appointments are filling up,” Younts said. “So we’re going to see if we can open another day at the clinic, but we’re not there yet. We don’t know when that day or time will be.”

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