Bartholomew County Health Department is hosting a mass vaccine clinic this Saturday, April 10 from 10 am-7 pm at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds – Pavilion to administer Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients. The Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds are located at 750 W 200 S, Columbus, IN 47201. 

The Moderna vaccine is available to individuals age 18 years and older. A photo ID or proof of age will be required at the time of vaccination

“We have 1,300 doses available for this clinic. There are still appointment times available. Registration is required. Individuals can register at www.ourshot.in.gov. Individuals who do not have internet or computer accessibility to register may contact 211, Thrive Alliance at 812-372-6918, Mill Race Center at 812-376-9241, or WellConnect at 812-376-5136 for further assistance completing their registration,” said Amanda Organist, Director of Nursing Division.

There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one.

Moderna requires two doses administered at least 28 days apart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trials to be 94 percent to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in participants. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headache, and sometimes fever.