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Health department opens vaccine clinic on east side

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A new COVID-19 vaccine clinic is open to serve residents on the east side.

The clinic, located at 9503 E. 33rd St., should be able to administer up to 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses.

Clinic days and hours:

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fridays: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sundays and Mondays: closed

Visit ourshot.in.gov to register for an appointment, or call 211.

The Moderna vaccine is available to those 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and older.

The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was available to those 18 and older but was recently paused because of a rare side effect in six people who received the vaccine.

Indiana University Health will offer free rides to vaccine appointments for those who need transportation. Call 1-888-IUHEALTH (1-888-484-3258) and choose option 9. The state’s Homebound Indiana program can arrange to bring a vaccine to anyone who is homebound. Contact the local Area Agency on Aging at iaaaa.org or call 1-800-986-3505.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine, along with continuing to wear a mask, wash our hands, and watch our distance, is how we will end this pandemic,” said Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the county health department.

Common side effects of the vaccine include fever, chills, headache and achiness, which are normal signs that your body is building protection.

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