Lieutenant governor visits Ephraim McDowell’s regional vaccination center
Ephraim McDowell Health welcomed Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman today as she visited Ephraim McDowell’s Regional Vaccination Center. Lt. Gov. Coleman was instrumental in the state government’s decision to designate Ephraim McDowell as a Regional Vaccination Center.
Coleman said her message to area residents who depend on EMH and want to get their vaccinations at the Danville facility is that they should “be patient and have grace. The challenge is the supply. Everybody is going to have a turn.”
Coleman, who is a Mercer County native and resident said, “I was born in this hospital.” She added that she’s excited to see rural Kentuckians will have access and opportunity to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus closer to their hometowns. “That’s what Ephraim McDowell does.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Lt. Gov. Coleman to the Ephraim McDowell campus,” said Daniel McKay, president and chief executive officer of Ephraim McDowell Health. “Our health care system is very appreciative of the actions taken by Lt. Gov. Coleman to allow us to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the public. As a health care system that serves more than 120,000 people in a six-county area, we were very pleased to earn designation as a Regional Vaccination Center.”
Ephraim McDowell’s Vaccination Center is located on the second floor of the Gilcher Building (Surgery Center), 230 West Main Street, located behind the city parking garage. At the center, a team of nurses are providing the Moderna vaccine to individuals who have scheduled appointments. At this time, priority is being given to individuals age 70 and older, per the state’s vaccination plan.
During her visit, Lt. Gov. Coleman met briefly with members of Ephraim McDowell’s COVID-19 team who secured the resources and established the processes for the Regional Vaccination Center. That team is led by Jason Dean, executive director of Ephraim McDowell’s Clinical Effectiveness Department. She also chatted with individuals who were receiving the vaccine.
Ephraim McDowell expects to receive 300 doses of vaccine weekly for at least the next three weeks and anticipates that additional doses will be made available as vaccine supplies increase. Vaccines will be given only to individuals who schedule an appointment to receive a dose.
Most appointments have been filled, but Ephraim McDowell is also compiling a waiting list of individuals who want the vaccine. Individuals can join that waiting list by calling (859) 936-8350 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by going to www.emhealth.org and completing an online form.
At this time, vaccines will be available for individuals in Tiers 1A (long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and healthcare personnel) and Tier 1B (first responders, anyone age 70 or older, and K-12 school personnel).
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