LEXINGTON, Ky. – As the availability of multiple COVID-19 vaccines increases, several pharmacies, facilities and healthcare providers have started offering vaccines to walk-in people.
What would you like to know
- The number of people seeking vaccines is increasing
- Relaxed mask guidelines for people vaccinated contributing to the increase
- Major and local pharmacies offering walk-in options subject to availability
- Walk-in option popular with working parents
the VA medical centers and their associated outpatient clinics in Lexington and Louisville have not required an appointment for vaccines since the end of March, not only for veterans, but also for their spouses, caregivers, partners and widows.
“We’ve had a great response,” said a spokesperson for Lexington VA Medical Center. “It’s definitely popular, but we couldn’t do it as much as we are without the Save Lives Act.”
The Save Lives law, signed by Pres. Joe Biden, March 24, extends the VA’s legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, regardless of their VA health care enrollment status, as well as veteran spouses, caregivers and certain beneficiaries.
Wedco District Health Department serving Harrison, Nicholas, Scott and Bourbon counties began offering walk-in vaccines subject to availability in late April. Wedco manager Dr Crystal Miller said more than 200 people have scheduled appointments at the next walk-in clinic in Scott County.
“We’ve seen an increase this week due to Gov. Andy Beshear’s announcement that if you’re fully vaccinated you don’t have to wear a mask,” Miller said. “Then with the demands of employers for vaccines, we have a lot of people who didn’t want the vaccine anymore. We haven’t seen this kind of participation for over three weeks. “
Wedco’s home health nurses also administer home vaccines to patients on Mondays and Tuesdays.
“For home shots we use the Johnson & Johnson because it’s just one shot,” Miller said. “We are trying to get to where there is no excuse for people not to get vaccinated.”
Anna Peniston of Georgetown is the mother of four boys. With a son in middle school and another in elementary school, she said the walk-in option was “a great idea” since she and her husband both work full time.
“With all the people in our household and our schedules, it was almost impossible to get everyone to go to two different appointments,” she said. “Now with the ages of those who can get it being lowered and being able to just walk in, we can all go and pick it up once without having to worry about making it to a second appointment, or someone getting the shot.” and another. no one. “
CVS Pharmacies offer a walk-in vaccine option subject to availability. The CVS site on New Circle Road in Lexington required appointments on Wednesday, May 19, due to low supply.
Lexington C&C Pharmacy offers walk-in vaccines to people who pre-fill out the required paperwork and bring it with them to the pharmacy.
The pharmacy shop in Lexington offers walk-in vaccines at a series of clinics that run from noon to 5 p.m. once or twice a week. Pharmacy director Karen Sullivan said people could choose between the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine and the clinics had a “pretty good turnout”.
“We are still trying to get people vaccinated even if they just come in,” she said. “We want to make sure we get all the vaccines we have on people’s arms.”