Pennyrile District Health Department (PDHD) has been hosting vaccination clinics and administering hundreds of vaccinations for several weeks now.

On March 24, approximately 230 two-dose Moderna and 105 one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered at the Convention Center at Lee S Jones Park in Eddyville. The vaccine clinic wrapped up around 12:30 p.m.

Several people showed up early for their vaccinations. PDHD schedules vaccinations at 8 a.m., but many patients arrived early.

Throughout the week, PDHD travels to its five different health departments in the Pennyrile region to vaccinate people.

On Monday PDHD is at Livingston Central High School Gymnasium, Tuesdays at Caldwell County Health Department, Wednesdays at Lyon County Convention Center at Lee Jones Park, Thursdays at Crittenden County Health Department, and Fridays at Trigg County Senior Citizen Center.

Wayne Taylor and Marylou Belt waited outside in the parking lot after receiving their vaccinations. Both of them contracted the COVID-19 virus and have since recovered. They were pleased with the PDHD staff and the vaccine clinic.

Taylor and Belt developed pneumonia and were treated at Mercy Health in Paducah.

“I hope the COVID is slowing down,” Belt said.

They promote the vaccine’s impact and hope to see more people get vaccinated.

In the days leading up to the vaccination clinic, Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White made a public announcement that reached many residents—mostly by phone. This created a surge in appointments.

“We got back to the office and worked our butts off to use all of our vaccine that day,” said Grace Donaldson, health education and community outreach at PDHD.

“The best way to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine is to visit pennyrilehealth.org and fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist form,” Donaldson said. “Our clerks are calling through this waitlist daily to schedule appointments. Appointments may be made phone and in person as well.”

PDHD on March 22 began vaccinating groups that fall under Phase 1-3.

“The governor is really pushing people to take whatever vaccine they can,” Donaldson said.

PDHD is administering vaccines to Kentucky residents 18 or older who are eligible. This has caused appointments to steadily increase.

Gov. Andy Beshear recently informed the public that 40% of Kentucky adults have been vaccinated. He also confirmed that at least 1.3 million Kentuckians have received at least one vaccine dose.