Gov. Beshear on hand as mass COVID vaccination clinic opens in Henderson

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HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) A new mass COVID vaccination clinic is officially open in Henderson. Gov. Beshear was on hand to help launch the clinic at the Henderson County Cooperative Extension office on Zion Road.

FEMA will operate the site. It will be open five days per week (Tuesday-Saturday), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and run for at least six weeks. The clinic will be capable of administering 7,000 doses each week. 

“That means the doses are going into the community, in difficult places to reach. Making it more convenient than ever before for people to get vaccinated and protected from this deadly virus,” said Gov. Beshear, “This partnership is bringing these modern medical miracles to people where they live.”

Thirty members of the Department of Defense and the National Guard will be helping with the effort in Henderson.

“My wife lost her stepsister and her husband on the same day of COVID-19,” recalled Rev. Charles Johnson of Greater Norris Chapel Baptist Church, who also is executive director of Henderson Human Rights Commission. He, and his family, wanted to do their part after their tragic losses.

“Her and I both decided from that experience to get vaccinated and we encouraged all of our adult children to do the same,” he said.

The clinic is the latest way officials hope get Kentuckians to do their part.

“We know that it’s just another phase in this mission. We’re going to create many, many more opportunities in our community to get vaccinated,” said Clay Horton of teh Green River District Health Dept.

“It means that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles and we’re taking yet another step in that process,” adds Michael Dossett, Kentucky EMA Director.

A similar clinic opened this week in Laurel County as Kentucky tries to reach its goal of getting 2.5 million Kentuckians vaccinated.  If that happens some COVID restrictions will be lifted. More than 1.7 million people have been vaccinated so far in Kentucky. Gov. Beshear says the clinics and mobile outreach will help get vaccines to those in hard to reach areas.

“We deserve victory. With partners like FEMA, we deserve it,” he said.

“If you’re wavering with your decisions, reach out to our local health department, reach out to the hospital, reach out to the doctor, come out to the staff and talk about the importance of the vaccinations,” adds Rev. Johnson.

FEMA is also sending four mobile vaccination clinic vans to Kentucky. Each can administer 125 doses per day. Each fixed CVC site in Henderson and Laurel counties will also receive 250 doses each day. Statewide, FEMA will have the capacity to administer 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Kentuckians per day through these efforts.

(This story was originally published on April 28, 2021)

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