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Winter weather shuts down vaccine clinic, doses used at another

Quick action saved 150 doses from expiring
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Posted at 12:17 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 00:17:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Winter weather is impacting more than the roads and closing schools, businesses: it forced dozens of COVID-19 vaccine sites to close down as well.

The Indiana Department of Health said more than 70 clinics closed Tuesday due to weather conditions.

One of the vaccine sites impacted was at Community Hospital Anderson. This left them with 150 doses they needed to use or else they would have expired at noon on Wednesday. Hospital staff worked quickly to get the vaccines to Community Hospital North where they could be used.

Jeremey Malloch, RN, is in charge of the vaccine clinic at North. He said once they knew they were getting extra doses, they did what they have been doing any time they have more vaccine than they anticipated.

"We made hundreds of phone calls to get people here to get shots in arms. We were slower today than our normal process. They were in the clinic a bit longer, but they were very happy to get that call to get that shot," Malloch said. "Since the very beginning of the working with the state, the prime directive and guiding principle has been not to waste doses. Given the limited supply and amount of people that want it, we want to make sure we're getting every shot in every arm."

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