By Dan Spalding
WARSAW — Dr. William Remington on Tuesday, Jan. 12, joined 31,000 Hoosiers who have now received their second dose of vaccine for COVID-19.
Kosciusko County’s health officer received his second and final shot that will provide an estimated 95% protection level against the virus.
Remington agreed to be photographed Tuesday in hopes of raising awareness – and optimism about the pandemic.
According to the Indiana Health Department dashboard website, more than 200,000 residents in the state have received the first dose. That includes 1,405 in Kosciusko County.
The website also says about 212 people in Kosciusko County have received the second shot.
Across the state, 31,432 people are now fully vaccinated, the state website said.
An estimated 6.7 million people reside in the state.
Remington says he’s increasingly optimistic.
Vaccinations were first available to health care workers followed by residents and workers in nursing homes. Emergency responders began receiving shots about a week ago and the state is now focusing on residents 80 and older who do not live in care facilities.
In Kosciusko County, vaccinations for those 80 and older have been available at the county health department clinic at the K21 Health Foundation, 1515 Provident Drive in Warsaw.
More than 100 people received vaccines on Monday – the first day – at the health clinic.
“It’s been robust,” Remington said. “The interest is really gratifying. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, because you hear mixed reports. People are eager to be immunized.”
“It really is amazing we have vaccines a year into identifying a new pathogen,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction. It really is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Registration for a vaccine is being handled online here.