For the first time, Wayne County Health Department is accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 shots on three days while supplies last, starting the afternoon of Wednesday, March 3.

Two hundred doses will be given per day at the former Elder-Beerman store, 601 E. Main St., Richmond.

WCHD Executive Director Christine Stinson said the county will have extra doses because of the week of adverse weather and wants to get them into arms as soon as possible.

Walk-in hours will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, through Friday, March 5, for those who meet Indiana State Department of Health’s eligibility criteria to receive a shot.

The list of eligible recipients grew on the morning of March 2 to those 55 and older.

It also now includes Hoosiers of any age with one of four health conditions, but those individuals will need assistance from their medical provider to get on an approved list.

Individuals who have been identified by their physician as being part of a special health population will be able to be scheduled for a vaccine.

Their health provider must submit their patient into the provider portal that was provided by Indiana State Department of Health. The patient then will receive a unique registration link to register for an appointment.

Those who have one of the following conditions are eligible to have their provider submit their information:

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Post-solid organ transplant
  • People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers (lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma)
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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.