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Increase in COVID-19 vaccinations in recent weeks

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Posted at 1:33 AM, Aug 20, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — We're highlighting what's looking to be a trend when it comes to COVID-19 in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Health is offering COVID-19 vaccines every Thursday at the statehouse market. Since they've been offering shots at the location, there has been a steady stream of people taking advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.

Jeffrey Belinski is one of the dozens of people to receive his COVID-19 vaccine shot at the statehouse mobile vaccine clinic.

"I'm pretty excited to get it, I know I'm a little bit of a holdout. I waited a little longer than maybe I should have but I finally got it,” said Belinski.

Staff working the clinic declined an interview but shared that the clinic has been one of the busiest they have worked.

“It's really the right thing to do to help protect everybody really,” said Erie Goodman, who received her second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at the location.

The COVID-19 vaccine dashboard for Indiana shows an increase in people getting their first shot of either Pfizer or Moderna.

At the end of June, the first shots of two-dose vaccines were being given out at between 4,000 to 5,000 per day. For the first few weeks of August, there have been days where that number is up to 7,000.

Although the vaccine has been available for months, many people at the statehouse clinic had their own reasons why they waited until now or felt this was the right time for them to get vaccinated.

“At first I was a little scared. I was really scared and listening to the media and everything but now it's like it's ok I prayed about it,” said Goodman.

"I was leary, but I decided to get my Pfizer shot. My mom has cancer and I wanted to keep her safe,” said Lajuana McKinney who received her second dose of Pfizer Thursday.

Some needed to get vaccinated for their jobs.

“Finally decided to get the vaccine. My family has been wanting me to get it and just for a few work purposes I just had to go along and hop on the train,” said Mike Colver who received the Johnson and Johnson shot.

The delta variant also played a part for Belinski who felt like cases were dying down before the new strain became an issue.

"It did yea, especially with the way it's affecting younger groups as well it definitely had an effect on me getting it now as opposed to later,” said Belinski.

The vaccine clinic at the statehouse market is every Thursday through October from 10:30 to 1:30 in the Robert D. Orr Plaza.