FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Parkview Health’s Mirro Center for Research and Innovation is celebrating a COVID-19 vaccine milestone. Wednesday, February 24th marked the vaccine clinic administering its 50,000th vaccine dosage.
The team at Parkview Mirro Center said now is the time to reflect on the moment, but still look forward at the work that needs to be done.
The Mirro Center became the first place in Indiana to administer a COVID-19 vaccine on December 14th. Fast forward to just over two months, 50,000 vaccine doses haven been given out.
Parkview said the Mirro Center is the largest COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the region. Only two other clinics in the state give out as many, or more vaccines than the Mirro Center.
Parkview said the 50,000th milestone is huge, and it feels it’s doing what it set out to do.
“And we had just four weeks to figure out how to set up and run a mass vaccination clinic. And from the beginning, we set a goal, we wanted to be able to vaccinate at least 1,000 Hoosiers a day. And we were able to figure out the right configuration, the right workflow, the right staffing to be able to deliver that,” said Dr. Jeff Boord, Chief Quality and Safety Officer for Parkview Health.
Parkview said as more people are able to get the vaccine, it will continue its process to give out a thousand vaccines a day.
More than 400 people have worked in the clinic, including Parkview co-workers from dozens of departments across the health system. Clinic workers also include vaccinators from Super Shot, and students from Huntington University, the University of Saint Francis, Trine University and Manchester University.
The Parkview Mirro Center vaccine clinic has four screening stations, 10 registration stations, 10 vaccination stations, and a post-vaccination waiting area that can accommodate up to 120 people who are waiting the required 15 minutes to monitor for symptoms.
COVID-19 vaccine distribution, eligibility and scheduling are managed by the Indiana Department of Health. Those eligible can make an appointment by visiting ourshot.in.gov or by calling 2-1-1.