With the arrival of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, Community Healthcare System in Northwest Indiana says it has expanded the vaccine clinic availability in Lake County currently at Community Hospital in Munster. The healthcare system says it has added a second vaccination clinic at the Community Stroke and Rehabilitation Center located on South Broadway in Crown Point and that it is available to healthcare workers by appointment only Monday through Friday.
“Working together with the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), the hospitals of Community Healthcare System are taking a lead role in the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines,” said Alan Kumar, MD, chief medical officer. “We have the resources and storage capability to handle all the different vaccine types that will be released over the next few months and the operational capability to vaccinate a large number of people.” Both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are approved for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Hospital officials say priority in Phase 1A is being given to licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers, those who work directly with patient care including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pharmacists, imaging technologists, laboratory technicians, social services workers, environmental services staff, case management, non-traditional providers such as doulas and midwives, pastoral care staff, dental providers, emergency medical services and nursing students.
“The Crown Point clinic is now open,” said Dr. Kumar. “We are in constant contact with the State in reviewing the rapidly evolving policies and processes as more information is released. The goal is to protect those with the most risk of exposure, prevent transmission to vulnerable populations, and to reinforce our healthcare workforce by preventing illness.”
More information about who is eligible can be found at ourshot.in.gov .