Parkview Health prepared to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to first group of eligible healthcare workers

FORT WAYNE, IND. – DEC. 14, 2020 – As a pilot site for the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, Parkview Health is prepared to begin vaccinating the first group of eligible healthcare workers this week. Parkview expects to begin administering the vaccine to a small number of co-workers as early as today, with mass vaccination set to begin Tuesday. 

The Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation has been set up as a vaccine clinic, with areas for symptom screening, registration, vaccination and post-injection observation. Based on IDOH projections, Parkview anticipates receiving shipment of about 2,000 doses of the vaccine this week and 8,000 doses next week. Other approved regional health systems and hospitals are set to begin their vaccination clinics in the near future.

“Having a vaccine is a huge step in the fight against COVID-19,” said Jeffrey Boord, MD, MPH, chief quality and safety officer, Parkview Health. “As one of the first health care organizations to receive shipment of the vaccine, Parkview has set up a clinic that will allow those first eligible recipients to be vaccinated as safely and efficiently as possible. We strongly encourage those who meet the IDOH criteria to be vaccinated and help begin to protect our communities.”  

According to the IDOH, the first round of vaccine will be allocated to healthcare personnel who, in their line of work, have the potential for exposure to COVID-19 patients or infectious material. Those eligible will be notified by their employer, professional organization or licensing agency, and will receive a link to the IDOH online platform, called Zotec, to register for an appointment for vaccination. 

In addition to vaccinating its own co-workers who meet the criteria, Parkview will vaccinate eligible healthcare workers from other organizations in Allen, Huntington and Whitley Counties. While the majority of Parkview co-workers will be vaccinated at the Parkview Mirro Center, co-workers will be directed to various locations operated by other health systems based on the county in which they work and other criteria. Vaccination eligibility and location are determined by the IDOH; Parkview does not make those determinations. 

Eligible healthcare workers must register for an appointment before coming to the Parkview Mirro Center to be vaccinated. The site is not open to the general public, including media, and will be secured by Parkview Health Police & Public Safety. 

Additional details on the vaccine and the IDOH distribution plan can be found at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/