Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
East Chicago- The East Chicago Health Department is now scheduling appointments to administer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients.
The vaccine is now available to...
Healthcare worker- who has face-to-face interactions with patients or contact with infectious material.
First Responder- police, sheriff, EMS, or correctional officer who is regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid.
Educators- Teachers and staff in pre K-12 schools, childcare centers and Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers; classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors; counselors; administration staff, cafeteria workers; and substitute teachers.
Individuals 16 and Older
Active dialysis patients
Sickle cell disease patients
Post-solid organ transplant
People who are actively in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) for cancer now or in the last three months, or with active primary lung cancer or active hematologic cancers (lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma)
A photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required.
Due to the limited supply, vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. That complete list is posted to
Appointments can be scheduled at that website beginning Friday Jan. 8. There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee.
Two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are currently available. Each requires two doses administered at least 6 weeks apart for the Moderna vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trails to be 94 percent to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in participants. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headaches and sometimes fever.
People who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.
The bet ways to protect yourself and others are to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay at home when you're sick
Cover your cough or sneeze
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces