Health Department partners with Girl Scouts to get free cookies at vaccination sites

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced Monday that it has partnered with Girl Scout Girl Scouts in central Indiana to distribute free Girl Scout cookies at some of the vaccination sites in across the state.

ISDH said some COVID-19 vaccination clinics will have the cookies, including the mass vaccination clinics at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the former Roosevelt High School in Gary.

The donation is a welcome addition to the statewide immunization effort, according to state health commissioner Kris Box.

“We are grateful to Girl Scouts in central Indiana for their support of the state’s vaccination sites and hope the addition of cookies will make the experience of getting this life-saving vaccine even more enjoyable,” said Dr. Box.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is donating approximately 70,000 packets of cookies to the immunization effort due to a pandemic-related shortfall this year.

“With many traditional selling opportunities closed due to the pandemic, our Girl Scouts have found creative ways to safely sell cookies through e-commerce and other innovations,” said Danielle Shockey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

“Unfortunately, like many businesses, our sales fell short of our targets and we ended up with extra packets of cookies,” Shockey continued. “In evaluating our options, we decided that providing these cookie packets to thank the Hoosiers who get vaccinated was one way to support the incredible work being done to put this pandemic behind us.”

Shockey said the cookies given are separate from those given for Operation: Cookie Drop, which sends cookies to military service members, veterans, first responders and health heroes.

Hoosiers aged 16 and older are currently eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at one of more than 700 sites in the state.



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