HealthNet launches campaign to get more Central Indiana residents vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19
Walk-ins welcome, no insurance and appointments required to receive free vaccines
(Indianapolis, Ind.) HealthNet announced today that it has launched a campaign to protect Central Indiana residents from COVID-19 by offering free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters this spring. HealthNet’s initiative is part of an effort to protect the community against the fast-spreading virus ahead of the upcoming summer months.
A not-for-profit that provides primary care health services to the medically underserved, HealthNet provides affordable health care to more than 60,000 individuals in central Indiana.
HealthNet is offering the Pfizer vaccines and boosters to adults, teens and children. This includes the initial series of vaccines and Bivalent boosters for ages six months and older. HealthNet does not require an appointment, insurance and identification for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters; however, patients must remain at the clinic for 15 minutes for an observation period.
“COVID-19 rates are now lower but it certainly is still circulating in the community, and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by getting vaccinated and then following up with a booster,” said Rick Reifenberg, MD, chief medical officer. “As we have learned in the last two years, you can prevent or significantly decrease the chance of serious illness and hospitalizations if you are fully vaccinated. These COVID-19 vaccine/booster clinics are free and are open to the public, so we can reach as many people as possible ahead of the summer.”
COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available at all of HealthNet’s nine community-based health centers on a rotating scheduling, with specific health centers holding vaccine and booster clinics on different days throughout this spring. Individuals do not have to be HealthNet patients to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and booster.
“We hope Central Indiana residents, both adults and children, take this opportunity to plan ahead and get vaccinated, especially since children will be out of school and childcare is challenging to obtain for working parents with sick kids,” Dr. Reifenberg continued. “And, if you are a caregiver to a friend or family member who is vulnerable to COVID related complications, a vaccine and booster will give you and them additional peace of mind.”
In addition to the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, HealthNet also offers preventive vaccines for patients of all ages. HealthNet physicians and practitioners can establish care, so patients can stay up to date with yearly immunizations. For individuals who do not have insurance, the HealthNet team works with patients to determine eligibility for coverage from other sources.