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Franciscan Health moving vaccine clinics out of its hospitals

Franciscan Health moving vaccine clinics out of its hospitals

Franciscan Health moves vaccine clinics out of its hospitals

Nurse Dawn Fleming administers a COVID shot to Crown Point resident Roy Dominguez at the Marian Education Center vaccine clinic at Franciscan Health in Crown Point.

Franciscan Health is moving its COVID-19 vaccine clinics out of its hospitals.

The Mishawaka-based Catholic nonprofit health care provider has provided coronavirus vaccines for free to the public at its hospitals in Hammond, Crown Point and Michigan City since December. So far, Franciscan Health clinics have administered more than 158,950 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines in Indiana and Illinois.

Franciscan Health Hammond closed its COVID-19 vaccine clinic in downtown Hammond on June 11. Franciscan Health Crown Point and Franciscan Health Michigan City ended their COVID-19 clinics this week. The health care system also stopped offering drive-through COVID-19 testing at Franciscan Health Munster on Wednesday.

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Starting on July 6, Franciscan Health will open new COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Franciscan WorkingWell at 8345 Wicker Ave. in St. John and Franciscan Physician Network Coolspring Health Center at 1225 E. Coolspring Ave. in Michigan City. The St. John site will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday while the Michigan City clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.

Walk-ins will be accepted at both locations.

"Franciscan Health officials have sought to expand access to vaccines by organizing after-school vaccine clinics for students. Franciscan Health Michigan City officials and physicians have reached out to local churches, answering questions to address vaccine hesitancy in the local community," Franciscan Health said in a news release. "Vaccinations are available to people age 12 and older. In Indiana, register online at or call 211. You will be asked for your full name, birth date and sex. There is no charge to the patient for the vaccine, though insurance information is requested during registration. Interpreters are available."

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