TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Two grants will help the Tippecanoe County Health Department maintain operations at its COVID-19 vaccine clinic, as well as move into the next phase of the local vaccination effort.
The health department recently received more than $400,000 in grant money from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Some of the money will used to maintain operations at the county's vaccine clinic, but even more will be spent to send a mobile unit to neighborhoods and festivals like the county fair.
Administrator Khala Hochstedler says the health department is also hiring a full-time position to vaccinate home-bound people.
"We need to go to the people, so we need to get the mobile unit out, so there has to be staff to take the mobile unit out to the festivals, the fairs, to just try to meet people where they are to encourage people to get vaccinated, just to reduce the barriers," she says.
Hochstedler says the mobile unit will need staff and supplies to operate. The health department will also use the grant money to roll out a media campaign, as well as audit the other vaccine sites across the county.
Hochstedler says clinics in other parts of the state have closed due to a lack of demand. She says demand here is holding steady, at least for this week.