A Kentucky health department, covering six rural counties, is putting extra focus on equity and access during the vaccine rollout.Lincoln Trail District Health Department, which covers Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, is holding multiple pop-up vaccination clinics around the area the department serves.The clinics began last Friday in Hardin County.“We don’t’ want to have barriers in place that prevent individuals from getting vaccinations in the first place,” said LTDHD’s public information officer, Terrie Burgan. “We’re trying to make ease of access as easy as possible.”The Lincoln Trail Health Department held the first of three Hardin County drive-thru vaccine clinics at The Sign of the Dove Church, located on Sunset Drive.Fifty people received a vaccine shot, Pastor Edward Palmer told WLKY News.Palmer said some people were able to walk to the site from their homes.“Convenience – I think it’s important,” he told WLKY’s Marvis Herring on Wednesday. “We’re a rural community and so some folks are challenged when it comes to transportation.”The church drive-thru is part of a larger effort by the health department.Burgan said appointments are for nearby residents, specifically families living in poverty, people of color and ethnic minority groups.“A lot of folks can’t get off work to come to some of the clinics that are available. So, that’s one of the reasons we’re having an evening clinic at our next location . We’re trying to make it accessible as possible,” she said.“I had several calls,” said Pastor Palmer. “Folks would call as they drove off. They would call the church and thank me for allowing this opportunity to happen for them.”Burgan said that they are still welcoming all residents in the area to sign up for vaccine appointments at their other sites. She said that the targeted group is part of a vulnerable population, adding that Black people are not more likely to contract the virus; however, research shows that if they do, the result is more likely to be fatal.“We tapped into existing partnerships, to people who work in the community, people who are already trusted in the community in order to set up these vaccination clinics. We felt that was the best route to take instead of just randomly showing up somewhere,” said Burgan.Both Burgan and Palmer are fully vaccinated. Palmer said he experienced no symptoms. Burgan shared that her second dose yielded symptoms such as fatigue and low-grade fever. She told Herring that these normal symptoms subsided after 24 hours, and are far less severe than coronavirus symptoms. “Continue to listen to the experts. Don’t listen to your emotions. Don’t listen to your desire to get back out and be normal. Listen to the experts,” suggested Palmer.There are pop-up vaccine clinics planned for April 1 and April 9 in Elizabethtown.The department already has plans forming for more in Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, Burgan told WLKY News.To schedule a vaccine appointment through LTDHD, call 270-769-1601.

A Kentucky health department, covering six rural counties, is putting extra focus on equity and access during the vaccine rollout.

Lincoln Trail District Health Department, which covers Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, is holding multiple pop-up vaccination clinics around the area the department serves.

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The clinics began last Friday in Hardin County.

“We don’t’ want to have barriers in place that prevent individuals from getting vaccinations in the first place,” said LTDHD’s public information officer, Terrie Burgan. “We’re trying to make ease of access as easy as possible.”

The Lincoln Trail Health Department held the first of three Hardin County drive-thru vaccine clinics at The Sign of the Dove Church, located on Sunset Drive.

Fifty people received a vaccine shot, Pastor Edward Palmer told WLKY News.

Palmer said some people were able to walk to the site from their homes.

“Convenience – I think it’s important,” he told WLKY’s Marvis Herring on Wednesday. “We’re a rural community and so some folks are challenged when it comes to transportation.”

The church drive-thru is part of a larger effort by the health department.

Burgan said appointments are for nearby residents, specifically families living in poverty, people of color and ethnic minority groups.

“A lot of folks can’t get off work to come to some of the clinics that are available. So, that’s one of the reasons we’re having an evening clinic at our next location [in Hardin County]. We’re trying to make it accessible as possible,” she said.

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“I had several calls,” said Pastor Palmer. “Folks would call as they drove off. They would call the church and thank me for allowing this opportunity to happen for them.”

Burgan said that they are still welcoming all residents in the area to sign up for vaccine appointments at their other sites.

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She said that the targeted group is part of a vulnerable population, adding that Black people are not more likely to contract the virus; however, research shows that if they do, the result is more likely to be fatal.

“We tapped into existing partnerships, to people who work in the community, people who are already trusted in the community in order to set up these vaccination clinics. We felt that was the best route to take instead of just randomly showing up somewhere,” said Burgan.

Both Burgan and Palmer are fully vaccinated.

Palmer said he experienced no symptoms.

Burgan shared that her second dose yielded symptoms such as fatigue and low-grade fever. She told Herring that these normal symptoms subsided after 24 hours, and are far less severe than coronavirus symptoms.

“Continue to listen to the experts. Don’t listen to your emotions. Don’t listen to your desire to get back out and be normal. Listen to the experts,” suggested Palmer.

There are pop-up vaccine clinics planned for April 1 and April 9 in Elizabethtown.

The department already has plans forming for more in Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, Burgan told WLKY News.

To schedule a vaccine appointment through LTDHD, call 270-769-1601.

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