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Free COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinic open Aug. 23-25

The Indiana State Department of Health will offer free testing and vaccinations at a mobile clinic in Huntington starting today, Monday, Aug. 23, through Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The clinic will be located in front of the Huntington Walmart and run from noon to 8 p.m. each day. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

The more-contagious Delta variant has caused a surge of new cases in the community, Huntington County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Pflieger said in an interview last week with the Huntington County TAB. A mutation in this particular variant allows it to bind more easily to nasal passages, thus infecting more people.

“You don’t need to experience as much virus to get infected,” Dr. Pflieger said.
Dr. Pflieger encourages community members to consider the risks of catching the virus and speak with their doctor, pharmacist or the Huntington County Health Department staff if they have questions or concerns about the vaccines.

“From my experience as a physician, and from watching people and hearing about symptoms afterwards, and going through this whole process, the risk of getting COVID is more than getting the vaccine. I know everyone has a different risk calculator, but everything that I have seen from these vaccines is that it’s safer than getting COVID,” he said in the TAB interview.

Anyone 12 and older can receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 and older can receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those opting for Pfizer will be assisted in scheduling their second dose at the time the first dose is administered.

Huntington County’s advisory level on the state’s color-coded county metrics map is “orange,” indicating high levels of community spread. Simple tools, including masking and getting a vaccine, will help mitigate the virus’ spread, Dr. Pflieger said in the TAB interview.

“Masking indoors is a very responsible, loving thing to do,” he said. “It’s a totally reasonable, low-risk thing to do. We’re going to continue to communicate that masking is one of those things that you can do to help your community.”

In addition to the state’s mobile clinic, free testing and vaccinations continue to be available to the Huntington community.

Free COVID-19 testing also is available at a clinic located next to Cardinal Family Medicine, 225 Hauenstein Road, Huntington. Visit scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov to schedule an appointment.

The Huntington County Health Department continues to offer vaccinations at 1330 S. Jefferson St. Visit ourshot.in.gov or call 211 to schedule a vaccination.