Marion County health officials push for 50-percent vaccination rate by July 1

On Saturday, the Marion County Department of Health brought the COVID-19 vaccine to the people and educated residents about the vaccine at a pop-up clinic.

INDIANAPOLIS – July is just around the corner and the pressure to get as many Hoosiers vaccinated as possible by next month is well underway.

The Marion County’s Department of Health says pop-up clinics, where people can stop by and register on-site, are helping to increase those numbers.

On the west side of Indianapolis, the COVID-19 vaccine came to the people on Saturday.

“I just got here,” said Lenithia Smith, one of nearly 100 people who visited a pop-up vaccination clinic at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, where they offered both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines .

“I was scared and thought about it, ‘What am I doing? What do I get? ‘”Smith admitted. “But then I thought, ‘Let’s get back to some sense of normalcy and get your life back. You mustn’t be afraid to live. ‘”

Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Department of Health, was on site for part of the clinic to speak to people about the importance of getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

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Caine hopes that by July 1, at least 50 percent of Marion County’s residents will be fully vaccinated. The numbers are currently around 40 percent.

“In fact, some people came in and got the picture after talking to her. Our nurses and clinicians are accomplished, and that makes people comfortable, ”said Virgil Madden of the Marion County Health Department.

Some admitted that they were scared before entering the clinic but had a completely different attitude after their visit.

“I cheered myself up because I was initially skeptical about trying to get the shot, but I encourage everyone to get the shot to protect Indiana Hoosiers,” said Rosanna Green, the event bartender works and was unemployed for the whole of 2020.

For Green, the vaccine stands for stability and freedom.

“Having made this shot, I know this is the first step in getting many Hoosiers back to work and normal,” said Green.

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There is no time for Lenithia Smith to be scared, she has too much to do and too much to do.

“Now it’s like getting your life back on track. Normality returns as a society. So this is more of a blessing than scary. I think everyone just has to come on board and do what we can to get whole again, ”said Smith.

The health department hopes the more people – like those who came out on Saturday – talk about their vaccination experiences, the more willing others will be to get theirs.

“There’s nothing like someone you know and trust who tells you something and you say, ‘Oh, I’ll go,'” Madden said.

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