Baptist Health Hardin is finalizing the relocation of its vaccination clinic so it is centrally located at Towne Mall, 1704 N. Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown. The clinic opens Monday to administer previously scheduled vaccinations to Central Kentucky residents, according to a news release.
According to the release, the new vaccination clinic will serve as a dedicated location to administer all COVID-19 vaccinations allocated to the hospital by the state. Located in the space formerly used by The Children’s Place and adjacent salon, the new clinic will allow for more than 500 vaccine administrations daily.
Baptist Health Hardin Assistant Vice President of Operations Steve White said the relocation of the clinic from the hospital’s main campus is a logical next step to better serve the vaccination needs of the region.
“Baptist Health Hardin, along with our regional health care partners, are responsible for vaccinating all of our Central Kentucky population. Given our state’s limited supply of vaccines, this will take many months to achieve,” White said. “The new space will allow us to safely and conveniently administer the vaccines that will serve to protect our health care workers, and ultimately, our community.”
The relocated clinic offers close and abundant parking, expanded space to allow for social distancing, as well as ADA-compliant access to the mall with automatic doors, the release said.
Vaccinations must be scheduled beforehand, and there will be no walk-in vaccinations available. Moreover, vaccination clinic staff are unable to schedule first-dose vaccinations for any walk-in requests.
Assistant Vice President of Surgical Services Rita Pardee said the space provides Baptist Health Hardin with everything health care workers and patients need to get their vaccine.
“The vaccination rollout has a whole host of logistical challenges beyond securing the state-allotted vaccines,” Pardee said in the release. “We ask those with scheduled vaccinations to familiarize themselves with the procedure and what to bring to their appointment to streamline their experience.”
According to the release, patients with scheduled vaccination appointments should expect to 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 space in the mall area for others to wait while the patient receives their vaccination.
Children younger than age 18 will not be admitted to the clinic, the release said.b Access into the mall and vaccination clinic is ADA compliant with automatic door assistance. Additionally, patients should bring identification and insurance cards for vaccine check-in.
All those vaccinated must wait 15 to 30 minutes following the vaccine to be monitored for possible adverse reactions, the release said.
Patients receiving their first-dose vaccination will schedule or confirm their second-dose vaccination before leaving. Patients also 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 has received and administered more than 4,000 Moderna vaccines provided by the state since Dec. 23, the release said. The hospital currently is vaccinating scheduled Phase 1A (health care professionals) and Phase 1B (Kentuckians age 70 and older).
The community is encouraged to go to hmh.net/covid-19-vaccine for the latest facts and resources regarding the vaccine, state-allocated vaccinations and scheduling.