EKU, BHR open vaccine site to third and final phase 

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Almost one month after a regional vaccine clinic opened on EKU’s campus in partnership with Baptist Health Richmond, more than 7,500 doses have been administered.

That number is projected to grow, as Wednesday afternoon, the site announced they would be accepting appointments for those in the third phase of vaccination rollout — anyone 16 years of age or older.

“We are doing phenomenal at the site,” said Erica Gregonis, chief medical officer at Baptist Health Richmond. “We are very fortunate to partner with EKU to offer a convenient place for everyone in the community.”

Gregonis has said the facility is also fortunate for the way vaccines were rolled out in phases, to help keep the pace of those who come for inoculation.

“We are fortunate with the phased approach, because it has not been too overwhelming,” she said.

The only difference for this phase, she said, was that those under the age of 18 will have to have a consent signature from their parents.

As of now, 450 people are being vaccinated a day, with more than 2,000 being vaccinated at the site each week.

“All of us are feeling very fortunate,” she said again. “It gives all of us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and with more of the population getting this vaccination, the more likely we are to return back to normal.”

Gregonis and other health care workers still encourage people of any phase who are interested in getting their vaccine to schedule an appointment at schedulemyvaccine.com.

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