PRINCETON — All of the Gibson County Health Department’s staff are mobilized to work on the local COVID-19 vaccination program at the 4-H building on the north side of the Gibson County Fairgrounds.
Gibson County Health Department spokesman Judy Adams told the Gibson County Council Tuesday morning that vaccinations are offered by appointment at the fairgrounds Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 4-7 p.m. Friday.
Appointments for those two days were filled within a few hours, Adams reported. She confirmed the county has received 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Councilman Craig Pflug noted that his parents, both over age 80, got appointments for vaccinations that were administered in Vanderburgh County.
“We can go through any vaccine clinic in Indiana since didn’t have openings in the beginning,” explained Adams. She said qualifying individuals can call the health department for help in making an appointment in any county if they can’t wait three to four weeks down the road.
Health care workers with face-to-face contact with patients or with infectious material, first responders and people age 80 or older are eligible for free vaccines in this phase of the program.
As of Tuesday, 928 Gibson County residents have received their first dose of the vaccination and 128 have received both doses. According to the state’s vaccination database, 72 Gibson Countians got their first dose Monday, and 21 completed their second vaccination that day.
Register online for a vaccination at https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov or for assistance in making an appointment, call 211 or the Gibson County Health Department at 812-385-3831.
Adams said the department has submitted an application for a $20,000 grant to help pay overtime for running the vaccination clinic.
The county’s COVID-19 cases continue to increase. “We had 949 cases in the month of December,” she reported, noting that in the first 11 days of January, 356 cases have been reported. “New Year’s Eve kind of hurt us a lot. Hopefully, since the vaccines are coming out, that will help.”
Since November, the daily number of new cases in the county has averaged more than 30.
Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 new cases in Gibson County, bringing the total number of cases since March to 3,414 cases including 55 deaths among 12,162 people tested here.
The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate Tuesday was 19.7% among all tests administered among county residents, and 44.6% among all residents tested for the first time.
In the area, Knox County reports eight new cases for a total 3,162 cases including 39 deaths among 12,105 people tested; Daviess County 21 new cases for a total 2,521 cases including 70 deaths among 10,231 people tested; Pike County 11 new cases for a total 1,071 cases including 25 deaths among 4,236 people tested; Dubois County 17 new cases including one additional death for a total 5,234 cases including 70 deaths among 16,898 people tested; Warrick County 60 new cases for a total 6,110 cases including 90 deaths among 27,483 people tested; Vanderburgh County 176 new cases including two additional deaths for a total 17,863 cases including 209 deaths among 84,558 people tested; and Posey County 18 new cases for a total 2,220 cases including 26 deaths among 9,072 people tested.