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Baptist Health Hardin transitions to 60 years and older in Phase 1C for COVID-19 vaccinations

Baptist Health Hardin will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for all Kentuckians in Phases 1A, 1B, and portions of 1C beginning March 2.  As directed by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Baptist Health Hardin is focusing its vaccinations on healthcare workers, 70 years and older and now Kentuckians 60 years and older.

 

“As vaccine supplies continue to become more reliable, we are excited to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to more Kentuckians including those 60 years and older in Phase 1C,” said Steve White, Assistant Vice President of Operations at Baptist Health Hardin. “The increased supply of COVID-19 vaccines have also made it possible for us to be able to provide scheduling services on a consistent basis to vaccinate more people in Central Kentucky.”

Beginning Tuesday, March 2, Baptist Health Hardin will be scheduling vaccinations by phone on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If vaccinations are available, phone lines will open each of those days starting at 9 a.m. and scheduling will take place until 4 p.m. or until all available appointments are scheduled. Callers are encouraged to listen closely to the phone prompts for their scheduling status and appointment availability.

Assistant Vice President of Surgical Services Rita Pardee said that Baptist Health Hardin has implemented the new scheduling processes and vaccination clinic to meet the growing demands of vaccinating Kentuckians in Phase 1.  Baptist Health Hardin is working to administer the vaccinations as quickly as possible, but getting to everyone who wants one will take time.

“The vaccination rollout has many logistical challenges from securing vaccine to scheduling appointments,” Pardee said. “But Baptist Health Hardin continues to address these challenges. We know that every new vaccination means our region is a step closer to overcoming this pandemic.”

All scheduled COVID-19 vaccinations will take place at the Baptist Health Hardin Vaccination Clinic located at Towne Mall in the space formerly used by The Children’s Place and adjacent salon. The standalone vaccination clinic allows for more than 500 vaccine administrations daily.

Patients with scheduled vaccination appointments should expect the following:

No walk-in appointments are available.

All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the clinic and must wear a mask at all times.

Limited space is available for a spouse or caregiver in the clinic, but there is ample space in the mall area for others to wait while the patient receives his or her vaccination. Children under age 18 will not be admitted to the clinic.

Access into the mall and vaccination clinic is ADA compliant with automatic door assistance.  Please bring along your wheelchair, scooter or walker if needed.

Patients should bring identification and insurance cards for vaccine check-in.

All those vaccinated must wait 15 to 30 minutes following the vaccine (depending on certain risk factors) to be monitored for possible adverse reactions.

Patients receiving their first-dose vaccination will schedule or confirm their second-dose vaccination before leaving.

Following vaccination, you will be given instructions on how to download V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker, an online app to monitor vaccine-related symptoms.

Baptist Health Hardin encourages the community to take whatever vaccine regimen that is available to them. To date, Baptist Health Hardin has administered 9,524 vaccines to Kentuckians.

The community is encouraged to visit hmh.net/covid-19-vaccine for the latest facts and resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, state-allocated vaccinations and scheduling.

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