​Health Department, Public Library Partner to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine

10/11/2021
​Health Department, Public Library Partner to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine
​Health Department, Public Library Partner to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine

The Marion County Public Health Department is partnering with the Indianapolis Public Library to host two COVID-19 vaccination sites.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Martindale-Brightwood Branch, located at 2435 N. Sherman Drive, and the College Avenue Branch, located at 4180 N. College Ave.

These two COVID-19 vaccination sites are operating on the same weekly schedule:

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines are available.

COVID-19 vaccine is free, and no appointment is needed. Face masks are required for visitors while inside library buildings

“Community partnerships like this one are very important as we seek to vaccinate as many residents as possible against COVID-19,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “The Indianapolis Public Library is a tremendous resource for services and programs, and we appreciate the opportunity to offer these vaccines at locations that are well-known and easily accessible.”

"Improving the health and wellness of Indy residents is a strategic priority for The Library,” said Gregory Hill, chief public services officer at the Indianapolis Public Library. “We are excited to be partnering with the Marion County Public Health Department to host clinics and help play our role in battling COVID-19."

COVID-19 vaccines save the body from the risk of fighting this virus unprepared by giving the immune system instructions to recognize and kill the virus if exposed, greatly reducing the risk of serious illness due to the virus.

These vaccines are part of the most strictly safety-monitored vaccine process in United States history. Serious long-term health problems or fertility issues have not been linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.

It is normal to feel some side effects after receiving the vaccine, which can include a fever, chills, tiredness, headache, or aching at the injection site. These side effects are signs that your body is building protection and typically go away in 24-48 hours.

Those with unanswered questions or concerns about the vaccine, please visit OurShot.IN.gov or CDC.gov/coronavirus.