Super Shot, which has provided 600,000 immunizations to 250,000 area children, marked its 25th year with a proclamation by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry declaring Tuesday as Super Shot Day.
The nonprofit organization – which started in 1993 as an all-volunteer cooperative effort among doctors, nurses, hospitals and school officials – has grown to become the second-largest provider of immunizations in Indiana, said Connie Heflin, executive director.
The organization runs four walk-in clinics that provide 16 different vaccines for Medicaid-eligible, uninsured and underinsured children and 14 kinds of vaccines to uninsured or underinsured adults. Vaccines are offered for free or at low cost, and no one is turned away for inability to pay, Heflin said.
However, underinsured or uninsured families are asked to provide a $10 donation to help defray administration costs.
The clinics are open at convenient times and locations – for example, after school and on Saturdays, Heflin said. About 8,100 children and 400 adults last year used the service, which provides all state-mandated vaccines for school.
Those who began Super Shot were trying to break down barriers of access and cost that kept people from being vaccinated, Heflin said, adding immunization is the best way to prevent infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough from spreading throughout a community
“Some people have a misconception that people all have Obamacare now, but some still can't afford the premiums, so there are still people who don't have insurance or are underinsured,” Heflin said.
The organization now is working to be able to accept private insurance, she added.
Vaccinations “keep our whole community healthy,” Henry said. “The need is still there, 25 years later.”
Locations and hours for Super Shot clinics:
Grabill Missionary Church, 13637 State St., Grabill – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays
Parkview Hospital Randallia, 1818 Carew St. – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays
Anthony Medical Center, 5717 S. Anthony Blvd. – 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays
Parkview First Care, 3909 New Vision Drive – 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays