Oliver Community Center vaccinates seniors

Vanessa Bullock of Winchester gets her second shot of the Moderna vaccine from Shaundra King, a nurse from the Clark County Health Department, Tuesday afternoon at the Oliver Community Center. (Photo by Randy Patrick)

The Clark County Health Department and the Oliver Community Center teamed up to administer more than 200 Moderna vaccinations, mostly to seniors and people over 30 with health issues in the Black community, according to Detra Newell, who coordinated the program.

“We know the people, and we are trying to convince them to take the vaccine,” she said.

On Tuesday, she and Cornetta Conner were registering and talking with people as they came in. Between 3:30 and 4 p.m., there was a steady stream of people who were getting their second shots.

Newell said they had vaccinated more than 200 people since February.

“It’s important that we reach out” and get people to take the shots so that they will be safer, she said.

Public Health Director Becky Kissick said Wednesday afternoon that the Clark County Health Department had administered 4,661 doses of COVID vaccine and was expected to give 50 more Thursday and 30 more Friday.

On Thursday, the Health Department reported 10 new COVID cases for that day and 86 active cases. In all, 2,738 people in Clark County have gotten the virus, 23 have died of conditions in which the virus was a contributing factor, and at least 85 have been hospitalized.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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