ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) — Rural well being departments are doing their finest to attempt to overcome vaccine hesitancy, attain their most susceptible folks and persuade them to roll up their sleeves.
The Lincoln Path District Well being Division is internet hosting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Susceptible Populations that may give precedence to folks of shade, minority ethnic teams, and those that might lack monetary safety.
“Individuals of shade, folks of ethnic minority teams, they’re extra doubtless, in the event that they get COVID, to undergo extra extreme sickness and extra more likely to die,” stated Terrie Burgan, the well being division’s public data officer. “Their danger of dying is 1.65 occasions higher than somebody who just isn’t an individual of shade.”
The well being division covers six counties — Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington — which are largely in rural areas the place many individuals face boundaries to seeing a health care provider.
“It could be a bit of bit tougher for folks to have entry to healthcare, as a result of for instance, they do not have transportation or they cannot depart work as a result of lacking a paycheck or lacking these hours can be a detriment to their households,” Burgan defined.
The well being division can be attempting to battle vaccine hesitancy.
“For many who are hesitating, I actually want they might contemplate the advantages (of the vaccine) and the information associated to COVID,” stated Burgan.
She encourages folks to do analysis on respected web sites, just like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or native well being division, and reminds folks of among the advantages of being vaccinated.
“If you’re absolutely vaccinated and you do not have signs, and also you had been uncovered to somebody who has COVID, you’ll be able to proceed to go to work,” she stated.
The clinics are free. Registration for upcoming vaccine clinics within the Lincoln Path District might be discovered at ltdhd.org. Appointments may also be made by calling 270-769-1601.
Appointments are closed for Tuesday’s susceptible inhabitants clinic in Elizabethtown. The well being division will host one other one on Thursday, Might 13 in Washington County.
People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Minors should be accompanied by a dad or mum/guardian.
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