COVID-19 Vaccination Site - February 25, 2021
Dear campus community,
I am pleased to share that today Governor Andy Beshear announced some exciting news about COVID-19 vaccines for Madison County. Baptist Health Richmond was named a regional COVID-19 vaccination site and the clinic will be located at the EKU Perkins Building beginning in March. It is made possible through a partnership between Baptist Health Richmond, the Madison County Health Department, Madison County Fiscal Court, and EKU. It will be the largest public vaccine clinic in Madison County to date. The vaccines will be administered by Baptist Health Richmond. We are excited that EKU will provide the location and support personnel to help continue the fight against the pandemic with new vaccination opportunities within our local community.
While we still await specifics on the number of vaccines available and when appointment registration will be accessible, we believe that sharing this news as soon as possible will help you organize your vaccination plan. We will provide details on registering for a voluntary appointment once the online reservation system launches through Baptist Health Richmond. The state priority is to vaccinate those in Phase 1A and 1B and persons 70 and older at this time. Most of our faculty/staff are classified in Phase 1C as essential workers in higher education. Your age or work within healthcare, childcare, or K-12 education may qualify some members of our campus community for vaccines in Phase 1B. To see the current list of vaccine phase eligibility and vaccine clinic locations, please refer to the Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine website. Based on current state guidance, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
As you may be aware, there are several vaccination clinic options currently available throughout Kentucky. The most current list may be found by clicking here. If you are eligible and able to secure a vaccine appointment from another provider prior to the clinic to be held at EKU, you are highly encouraged to take advantage of any vaccine opportunity available to you. Your expressed willingness to take the vaccine in prior surveys by EKU does not register you for a dose within the regional clinic. It serves as a way to help assess how many doses would be needed for our population in Kentucky’s overall allocation for each phase of the vaccination schedule for specific populations.
Vaccines can greatly reduce the spread of illness and put us one step closer to a fully open campus. It is an exciting partnership, and we are proud to serve our campus and the broader community in this important public health initiative. We will continue to share updates on vaccine availability as soon as possible.
Published on February 26, 2021