TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - IU Health Arnett is opening its vaccine clinic over the next two weekends. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday.
As more people have become eligible and more vaccine has become available, the hospital says it wants to get shots into more people's arms.
They plan on vaccinating around 650 people per day at the weekend clinic. IU Health Arnett is only administering the Pfizer vaccine, which is also the only vaccine that 16 and 17-year-olds can get.
Abby Brendel is the pharmacy operations coordinator at IU Health Arnett. She said hosting the clinic on the weekends helps people who can't go during the work week.
"Having it on the weekend, everybody can come. They don't have to miss school, and even for workers who work during the week, they can come on the weekend as well," she said.
Amelia Mcauliffe is a sophomore at Lafayette Jeff who just turned 16. She got her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. She said she and her friends are all excited about getting their vaccine, and she encourages others her age to do the same. Protecting those around her, especially her loved ones, was her main motivation to get the shot.
"I wanted to get the vaccine because it's very important to me to keep the others around me safe and because some people aren't doing the things to help it," she said.
Parents do need to provide consent before the vaccine can be given to those under the age of 18. Brendel said consent can be given in person, verbally or written down.
Those who get their vaccine at this month's weekend clinics will be signed up to get their second dose of Pfizer. IU Health will be hosting two more weekend clinics in May specifically for these people to get their second shot. You can sign up for the weekend clinic by calling 211 or going to www.ourshot.in.gov.