CARMEL, Ind. — A Carmel hospital is marking a milestone in protecting Hoosiers from coronavirus.
Dr. Rachel Chhiba, a podiatrist from Westfield, received the 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at IU Health North Hospital Friday morning. Melissa Hicks, the regional nurse executive who is leading the hospital's vaccination clinic, called the milestone "a step forward."
"We know there are many more in our community to vaccinate and we can’t wait to vaccinate them all as soon as we can, but today, administering 10,000 doses is something we’re celebrating," she said.
IU Health North Hospital is vaccinating about 350 patients a day. The hospital said the entire IU Health network has administered more than 75,000 doses of the vaccine.
The vaccine is currently available to Hoosiers age 70 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, first responders who have contact with the public and many health care workers. Appointments can be made by visiting ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.