The COVID-19 pandemic has come to us in stages, it seems. The first took place in 2020 as we all waited for a vaccine to arrive while wearing masks to avoid infection.
The second came in early 2021 when vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson finally arrived and people lined up for the jab.
As we wait and wonder about the next phase – possible booster shots – and as we see increasingly troubling COVID numbers with each passing day, there are those who have yet to be vaccinated but who may now want to be.
And for more people than we realize, this could be a difficult prospect simply due to the hassle of transportation and the inability to get to a place to get the shot.
For this reason, Owensboro Transit System is stepping in to help with its free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, October 4 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Friday, October 8 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The event will take place at the OTS headquarters at 430 Allen Street and no pre-registration is required. In addition, beneficiaries will need to bring an insurance card, if they have one.
OTS Director Pamela Canary told me that the clinic is for those with limited transportation options, but it’s not just limited to those who may not be able to drive themselves. She says anyone in our community will be able to stop and get the shot.
Moreover, it will be the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (the one I received) that will be used. J&J does not require a follow-up jab like Pfizer and Moderna do.
The clinic will be set up in tents in the OTS parking lot, offering many opportunities for social distancing. Masks will also be mandatory and will be provided to those who do not have them.
The Owensboro Transit System Immunization Clinic is a partnership with the Green River District Health Department.