BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Starting March 29, the COVID-19 vaccine clinic site at the Monroe Convention Center will move to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
IU will operate the site in coordination with the Monroe County Health Department and provide free COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible. The site will be open to the public, not only those affiliated with IU.
"We have greatly appreciated the collaboration with the university throughout the last year and are excited to take this next step in moving a vaccine clinic site to Assembly Hall," said Penny Caudill, Monroe County health administrator. "It's exciting to see all of our plans coming together for the benefit of our community."
Since January, IU has been working with local and state health officials to make an on-campus vaccination "POD" -- point of dispensing -- a reality. The IU Bloomington COVID-19 Response Unit put forth a proposal that was approved by IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, and then the Monroe County Health Department and local elected officials. The university has also received approval from the Indiana Department of Health to move forward with the clinic at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
"Making sure that not only our IU community but also our larger community have convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine is paramount," Robel said. "We're so pleased to be able to partner with the county and offer our space and resources to further vaccine availability in Bloomington to those eligible."
Those eligible to receive the vaccine, as determined by the state of Indiana, can select "IU Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall" in the ourshot.in.gov scheduling system as the location for their vaccine appointment. The opening of a vaccine clinic at IU does not make anyone associated with IU eligible for the vaccine. State eligibility requirements must still be met in order to schedule an appointment at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
"This is just a tremendous time we're living in, and having access to new vaccines that will help us move past the COVID-19 pandemic is critical," Robel said. "We're more than happy to open up our campus to provide this vital community service and help to get all Hoosiers vaccinated as soon as they're eligible."
The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall vaccine site will initially be open three days a week. The site at the Monroe Convention Center will complete all currently scheduled appointments for first and second doses at that site.
In addition to the site on IU's campus, IU Health Bloomington's vaccine site remains open, and several local pharmacies offer vaccine appointments to those who are eligible.