Indiana now has opened vaccinations to those who are 65 or older, or are first responders or health care workers. Volunteer first responders who interact with the public also are eligible.

Reid Health operates a regional vaccination center at Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds that generally has same-day appointments at Kuhlman Center between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

As of late last week, about 200 open appointments still were available per day at Kuhlman Center, according to Dr. Thomas Huth of Reid Health.

On Tuesday evening, appointments were plentiful on Wednesday and in the coming days at Kuhlman Center.

Unfortunately, the state’s 211 helpline operators do not have accurate information about the plentiful nature of the vaccines at the fairgrounds, Huth said, telling callers that it will be at least mid-February before they can get an appointment in Wayne County at the former Elder-Beerman store.

He urges local residents not to call 211 to set up their vaccine appointment, but to call a Reid phone number, 765-935-8484, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, for quick assistance.

Volunteers also are helping answer phones at the county health department and can schedule a vaccine at either location. They can be reached at 765-973-9245.

Read more about vaccinations, the impact of the virus on local funeral directors and coroners, recent COVID statistics for area ZIP codes, schools and extended care facilities in the Feb. 3 edition of Western Wayne News.  

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.