Residents in Northern Third of County Slow to Get Vaccinated
(NOBLESVILLE, JUNE 1, 2021)
Hamilton County is the second-most vaccinated county in the state with 59% of its residents now fully vaccinated. That equates to 165,112 residents 12 years and older. However, a closer look into those statistics reveals a discrepancy that the Hamilton County Health Department is working to correct.
“When we break our vaccination numbers down by zip code, we see considerably fewer people getting vaccinated in the northern, more rural area of our county,” says Chris Walker, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Hamilton County Health Department. “We need to reevaluate how we’re reaching residents in the Atlanta, Sheridan, and Arcadia areas.”
The Westfield zip code of 46074 currently tops the county’s list with 76% of its residents fully vaccinated. That zip code is closely followed by 46290, a small pocket south of Carmel, and 46037 in Fishers. At the other end of the spectrum is 46031 in Atlanta with 33% of its residents fully vaccinated, 46069 in Sheridan with 39%, and 46030 in Arcadia with 40%.
“The numbers shouldn’t surprise us,” Walker adds. “There are 49 vaccination sites in Hamilton County, but only two north of State Road 32. As we start to wrap up our mass vaccination clinic at the 4H Fairgrounds, we need to find ways to ramp up vaccinations in the northern third of the county. How we do that remains to be seen. It could be a sustained vaccination clinic or pop-ups at summer festivals. We’ll know more soon.”