Vaccine clinic to be held Saturday at Extension Office
Published 3:38 pm Thursday, August 18, 2022
A Vaccine Clinic and Wellness Event will be held this Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boyle County Extension Office.
For mainly adults, it will offer vaccines such as Covid-19, Hepatitis A, Pneumonia, Shingles, Tetanus, and flu vaccines. However, children may also get the Covid-19 and flu vaccines and any screenings they might need. Screenings including blood pressure, referrals, and health education will be available.
The event is co-sponsored by Our Community. Our Health. (OCOH), Med-Save Pharmacy, and the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service. The vaccines will be administered by Med-Save pharmacists.
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Vendors at the event will include the HANDS Program, Young People in Recovery, Overeaters Anonymous, Resurgence Counseling Center, and Children and Family Counseling Associates in Danville.
Lynn Warneke with OCOH, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the program is “focused on increasing rates of vaccination across rural Kentucky communities and within our minority, diverse and difficult to reach populations in urban areas.”
“The program is designed to create easier access to vaccines by reaching people where they are, through local health events, mobile health clinic programs, and collaboration with local health and social services providers,” said Warneke, Research Program Manager at UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science and UK Site Coordinator with OCOH.
The vaccines will be either free or reduced cost depending on the vaccine and people’s situations. Warneke said health insurance is accepted but not required. For those with medicaid, the event is free.
Each vaccine has a different cost; and depending on the case, what people need, and whether they have health insurance, vaccines will be either free or on a sliding scale. Warneke explained that providers may have voucher programs for those with no health insurance, but each case is different.
Spanish translators will also be available at the event.
Warneke said her organization has done similar events in Boyle County and usually bring about 50-100 people. While this is the first clinic event of its kind in the county by these organizations, she said they hope to start holding them every month.