CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) - In Indiana, anyone over the age of 80 is now able to get the coronavirus vaccine.
One of the country’s most at risk groups got the shot they have been waiting for in Clark and Floyd counties on Monday.
An empty building was turned into a medical safe haven from COVID-19. That was especially the case for Jackie Fowler, 81.
“It scares me plenty,” Fowler said.
He was the first person at the door to get his coronavirus vaccine in Clark County, Indiana. When the state opened the next phase of vaccinations to anyone 80 and up, Fowler just made the cut.
“I think it’s the thing to do,” Fowler said. “I have a 98-year-old mother-in-law at home. I go out for groceries and I wouldn’t want to bring anything back to her, because she probably wouldn’t make it. And maybe not me.”
Six-hundred people filed in behind Fowler. Clark County Health Officer Eric Yazel said he expects to get more doses next week.
The site to register will open as doses become available. Yazel said it was a heavy weight seeing what COVID did to the oldest and wisest in his community.
“Optimism and excitement because this is the day we’ve waiting for all along,” Yazel said. “To start putting this behind us.”
Fowler wants to put COVID-19 behind him to enjoy the life in front of him. He wants the same opportunity for his mother-in-law. He needed help getting her to the site with her wheelchair, but said he was determined to bring her in.
“I don’t know why anybody would be hesitant at all,” Fowler said. “What’s a shot if it saves you from getting the virus. I think it’s pretty simple.”
A long road to a simple solution for Fowler, to make sure he’s just bringing home groceries when he goes to the store.
Those who are registered for a vaccine need to bring some type of identification with them. Vaccines can be given to people in vehicles for those with mobility issues.