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After review, changes are being made beginning Sept. 1 to immunization clinics offered by the Auglaize County Health Department.
An immunization clinic offered in New Bremen is closing, substituted by a walk-in clinic every Tuesday between 8 and 11 a.m. at the Auglaize County Health Department, located at 214 S. Wagner St. An existing clinic offered at the Health Department from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays is changing to appointment only.
The Health Department is still offering a walk-in clinic every Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Auglaize County Council on Aging, 610 Indiana Ave., St. Marys.
â€śAs with all our programs, the department had to sit down and look at the services we were providing, who we were providing them to and how to do so most effectively and efficiently with our staff,â€ť Auglaize County Nursing Supervisor Cindy Jones said Tuesday as she announced the changes to Auglaize County Health Board members during its monthly meeting. â€śIt was a difficult decision to close the New Bremen Clinic but it was underutilized and not a good use of our staff.â€ť
Jones thanked the St. Paul Lutheran Church, of New Bremen, for allowing them to hold the clinic there in the past and said the facility remains open to them should they be able to return.
â€śWe would love to do that,â€ť Jones said.
She said there is a great need to increase clinics in the Wapakoneta area where existing time slots are well utilized and the immunization department is extremely busy.
â€śWe needed to be where we could serve more people,â€ť Jones said. â€śThe days we were in New Bremen weâ€™ll be available for immunizations here every week.â€ť
Another change slated to begin in September for the county Health Departmentâ€™s immunization clinics should reduce crowded periods during Thursday night clinics in Wapakoneta.
â€śThatâ€™s when we see the most people and it can get difficult to handle because of the number of people weâ€™re seeing and how they come into the facility,â€ť Jones said.
She said at times there may be an influx of 20 people within a 10 minute period in the hallway, as there is no waiting room.
â€śWeâ€™re going to try appointments,â€ť Jones said. â€śWe have done that on Fridays here and people are estatic when they can schedule ahead.
â€śThey can show up at the time of their appointment and we are able to serve them in a few minutes,â€ť she said.
Fliers have been distributed and updated information has been posted to the Health Departmentâ€™s website notifying residents of the changes.
â€śWe want to get information out about the changes,â€ť Jones said. â€śWeâ€™re trying to take the space and staff we have and better manage it. This seems to be the answer.â€ť