Health department planning more Hep A vaccination clinics

A blue cooler that contains doses of the hepatitis A vaccine sits on a table at an immunization clinic inside the FairOaks Mall in Columbus, Ind., Monday, May 6, 2019. Bartholomew County Health Department officials set up the clinic to vaccinate people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A while eating a Amazing Joe's restaurant in late April. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Bartholomew County health officials have announced they are working with the state health department to hold a series of hepatitis A vaccination clinics to combat the steep rise in infections locally.

The first two clinics will be June 24 and June 28 at Love Chapel Food Chapel, located at 311 Center St. in Columbus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Local health officials expect to hold three to five additional vaccination clinics throughout the county by the end of August, said Amanda Organist, director of nursing at the Bartholomew County Health Department.

No further information is currently available on the other vaccination clinics, Organist said. Previous hepatitis A vaccination clinics have been held at the Bartholomew County Public Library, Salvation Army and the FairOaks Mall.

“We’re just trying different locations to reach as many people as we can,” she said.

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