Site Is Located Inside Former Marsh Off 116th & Brooks School
In anticipation of increased supply and demand, the Fishers Health Department announced the acquisition of the former Marsh Supermarket store located at 116th Street and Brooks School Rd. for a mass vaccination site. The site now officially open and fully operational, with the ability to vaccinate up to 1,600 individuals per day.
“We are thrilled to have COVID-19 vaccinations available to our residents,” says Public Health Director Monica Heltz. “This vaccine gets us one step closer to controlling the spread of COVID-19 and eventually experiencing some normalcy in our daily lives. I urge each of our residents to get this vaccine and continue to stay vigilant by washing hands, masking up and distancing from those outside your household.”
The Fishers Health Department administered its first COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 12 at its temporary vaccination site. The Indiana Department of Health has already delivered 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine as of mid-January.
The new mass vaccination site was rehabilitated by Fishers Department of Public Works and features a fully operational registration, vaccination, and waiting areas. The 48,000 sq. ft. site can process approximately 1,600 vaccinations a day, servicing Hoosiers across Central Indiana. Residents who qualify for vaccines under the Indiana Department of Health’s current priority group, those 70 years and older, first responders, and healthcare workers, are eligible to register for a vaccine at any Indiana vaccination site at ourshot.in.gov. The site will also be open to anyone, not just Fishers residents. However, individuals must have a pre-scheduled appointment and be free of COVID-19 symptoms.
“We are excited about this mass vaccination site,” says Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “I can’t tell you the amount of work that has been done to make this happen, whether it is the fire department, department of public works, our health department. Countless hours have been put into this facility. I can’t stress enough the sense of urgency we have in our community to develop an infrastructure to vaccinate our people. We intend to have 6,000 people vaccinated a week in the City of Fishers. Our long-term goal is to have 10,000 people a week be vaccinated at this facility.”
The FHD encourages residents to complete the Vaccine Interest Form to assist in notifications to those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The FHD will utilize information provided in the form to notify those who qualify for the vaccine based on the Indiana Department of Health’s priority groups. Residents may complete the optional form at www.fishers.in.us/vaccine.
“We are really thrilled to be able to open up this larger facility,” Heltz adds. “We have been vaccinating our residents at our temporary facility. We plan to have the maximum amount of vaccinations that the state will give us. At this mass vaccination site, we will have a number of stations for registration, vaccination stages, and a large waiting area off to the side that will be equipped with epinephrine in case of reactions. We don’t expect to have many of those based on national reports and reaction rates that we are seeing. This vaccine has been shown to be very safe and very effective at preventing COVID-19. We are really excited to be getting back on the road to some normalcy.”