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  • Franciscan Health moves vaccine clinics out of hospitals

     
    The COVID-19 vaccination clinics that have operated in Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and Michigan City since December 2020 are ending operations as vaccinations shift to sites outside of the hospitals.
     
    Beginning July 6, vaccination clinics will open at Franciscan WorkingWell at 8345 Wicker Ave. in St. John and Franciscan Physician Network Coolspring Health Center at 1225 E. Coolspring Ave. in Michigan City. The St. John WorkingWell site will be open 8AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday, and the Coolspring Health Center vaccine clinic in Michigan City will be open from 8AM to 6PM Monday through Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome.
     
    Franciscan Health Hammond’s vaccine clinic closed on June 11. The final day for Franciscan Health Crown Point’s clinic is June 30 and Franciscan Health Michigan City’s clinic ends July 1. Also, drive-through COVID-19 testing at Franciscan Health Munster ends on June 30. To date, the Franciscan Health vaccine clinics have delivered 158,952 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in Indiana and Illinois.
     
    Franciscan Health officials have sought to expand access to vaccines by organizing after-school vaccine clinics for students. Franciscan Health Michigan City officials and physicians have reached out to local churches, answering questions to address vaccine hesitancy in the local community.
     
    Vaccinations are available to people age 12 and older. In Indiana, register online at ourshot.in.gov or call 211. You will be asked for your full name, birth date and sex. There is no charge to the patient for the vaccine, though insurance information is requested during registration. Interpreters are available.
     
    To learn more about COVID-19 resources offered by Franciscan Health, visit www.franciscanhealth.org/patient-resources/covid-19. To find out how you can help support Franciscan’s efforts to keep patients and staff safe, and to treat those with COVID-19, you can make a contribution to the Franciscan Health Foundation Preparedness and Response Fund at FranciscanHealthFoundation.org/covid-19.
     

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