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Vaccination registration drive for Spanish speakers set for March 27

Photo of the Marion County Public Health Department. (Provided Photo/MCPHD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The City of Indianapolis and the Marion County Public Health Department are working together to create a vaccination hotline for Spanish-speaking residents on March 27.

The initiative is part of a larger effort to vaccinate a larger proportion of Indianapolis’ Latinx population.

“Only 2.8 percent of our Latinx neighbors have received the vaccine, so it is critical that we take steps to break down barriers for these members of our community,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a news release. “This event will provide a convenient method for Spanish-speaking residents to schedule the vaccine.”

Available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the hotline will be entirely in Spanish. Anyone who calls will be connected with a bilingual volunteer who can set up a vaccination appointment free of charge.

“Getting vaccinated with any of the three approved vaccines will greatly reduce your risk of serious illness due to the COVID-19 virus, and I continue to invite everyone in our community to sign up for a vaccine as soon as you are eligible,” Health Department Director Virginia Caine said in the same release. “We are on the home stretch, but we have not reached the finish line just yet. In public, regardless of vaccine status, we all must continue to wear masks, wash our hands, and watch our distance. If we all keep doing our part, Indianapolis will continue heading back on track.”

You can reach the hotline by calling either 317-221-2100 or 317-327-2100 when it is active.