Free transportation to vaccine clinics, visits to homebound offered

Free rides to, from Western Wayne County

Jackson Township Trustee’s Office is organizing free transportation for Western Wayne County residents to get their vaccine at Reid Health’s clinic at Wayne County Fairgrounds. Those from Jackson and surrounding townships can call (765) 478-4620 anytime to leave a message with contact information and request round-trip transportation. Trustee Lyndon Wicker is working with Wayne County Commissioners and Reid Health to make transportation available. Rides in Richmond

The City of Richmond is providing no-charge bus service to Wayne County Health Department’s vaccination clinic at its downtown office and Reid’s clinic at Kuhlman Center. To schedule a ride, patients will need to call (765) 983-7227 or (765) 983-7301.

Health department offering vaccines in Hagerstown on April 19

Wayne County Health Department will bring its mobile unit to Hagerstown to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, April 19,  at The New Testament Church of Christ, 752 W. Main St., Hagerstown. Appointments are not being accepted for this clinic. The Moderna two-shot vaccination will be offered. Those with questions are asked to call (765) 973-9245.

WCHD giving Moderna vaccine after state pauses J&J shots

After a few cases of rare blood clots found in the nearly 7 million people who’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19, Indiana is pausing its use of that vaccine but will continue offering shots from other manufacturers. Indiana Department of Health alerted Wayne County Health Department not to use any J&J COVID-19 vaccines until further notice. The pause follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for additional review of the J&J vaccine’s safety. However, WCHD will be able to continue offering vaccines from another company. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA currently are reviewing data involving six reported U.S cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

Wayne County won’t continue broad mask requirements at this time

Wayne County commissioners decided Wednesday, April 7, that they are not going to widely require masks be worn in public at this time, even though a majority of Wayne County Health Board members had recommended it. While commissioners encourage residents to continue wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, they said they believe a mask requirement will be too hard to enforce after Indiana’s Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the requirement would be lifted statewide April 6. At that time, Holcomb encouraged Hoosiers to keep wearing masks and said he would continue to wear one in public. However, the public will remain required to wear masks on Wayne County property, which county officials can enforce. County government employees will continue wearing masks while entering or exiting the building, while in common areas such as hallways, restrooms, stairways or elevators; when interacting with the public; or when interacting with fellow county employees when social distancing can’t be maintained.

1-shot vaccine clinic open afternoon, evening of Wednesday, March 31

Wayne Country Heath Department  has announced another Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic this week, this time with 200 shots. The next clinic will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the former Elder-Beerman store, 601 E. Main St., Richmond. This clinic will be open only to those with appointments. Walk-ins will not be accepted. About 640 vaccines were distributed Saturday at the health department’s special event offering the Johnson & Johnson shots.

Those 45+ can now get COVID vaccinations as soon as today

Free COVID-19 vaccines are now available for those 45 and older. Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion of eligibility on March 16. That addition makes the vaccine available to an additional 415,640 Hoosiers. Vaccine appointments for this newly eligible population will be available over the next several weeks to align with expected vaccine deliveries to the state. Recently, vaccine supplies have been plentiful in Wayne County, with same-day appointments often available.

Indiana opens COVID-19 shots to those 60-64

Hoosiers 60 and older are now eligible to receive the #COVID19 vaccine. The announcement was made shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Those eligible can register at or call a local phone number. State health officials urge vaccination seekers to be patient as wait times might be longer than usual.

WCHD closes COVID vaccination, test site Tuesday; county allowing essential travel only

Wayne County Health Department is announcing the closure of their COVID vaccine site for Tuesday, Feb. 16.  All appointments will be rescheduled for a later date.  WCHD officials said they will wait until all the bad weather is over before rescheduling. The health department also announced the closure of its Covid testing site along with the OptumServe testing site in Cambridge City on Tuesday, February 16th. County snow emergency

At 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15,  Wayne County Commissioners will declare a Level II Essential Travel Permitted Snow Emergency to be in effect in Wayne County, the City of Richmond and the Town of Centerville.  Possible Heavy Snow Accumulations, Blowing and Drifting Snow, road conditions will deteriorate rapidly this evening.  This Snow Emergency shall remain in effect until weather and road conditions improve sufficiently to ensure routine safe travel.