HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A federal COVID-19 vaccine clinic is opening Thursday in Henderson County.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was in town on Wednesday to talk about the excitement surrounding the new site.
That federal vaccination site is opening up for its first day at the Henderson County Cooperative Extension site on Zion Road.
The new vaccine clinic comes after recent spikes in COVID case numbers and low vaccine participation in the area.
The governor said the state’s vaccination goal is to vaccinate 2.5 million Kentucky adults. Officials hope this clinic can help that effort.
“But just like the Kentucky Derby, you don’t stop when you make that last turn and you head toward the finish line,” said Gov. Beshear Wednesday. “What do our horses do? They run harder. And that’s exactly what we’ve got to do.”
You can watch Governor Beshear’s full press conference here.
During the governor’s visit, he said that FEMA is sending four vans to the vaccination clinic. He says that each van can administer 125 doses per day.
The Community Vaccination Center in Henderson will also be receiving 250 doses each day.
Beshear says that statewide, FEMA will have the capacity to administer 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Kentuckians per day through these efforts.
All Kentuckians 16 and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Those in our region can sign up for a Community Vaccination Center appointment here or by calling 270-953-3785.
Governor Beshear says both registered and walk-up visitors are welcome.
Over 30 personnel from the Department of Defense, three FEMA officials and an Environmental Protection Agency employee will support the administration of the vaccine, along with help from the Kentucky National Guard.
The vaccine site in Henderson will provide service to 12 western Kentucky counties, and is a partnership with the state and the White House.
Officials say they’ll be capable of giving up to 7,000 doses a week.
That clinic kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for six to eight weeks.
Our Tanner Holbrook was at the Governor’s visit Wednesday morning. He even watched as the first vaccine was given out at the clinic.
Henderson city officials are even making sure everyone is able to get to the clinic.
Henderson Area Rapid Transit will offer to pick up and drop off at no charge.
Mayor Steve Austin tells us he hopes this site will help get the vaccination rates above 50 percent.
Governor Beshear stopped at the Sidewalk Cafe in Henderson for lunch during his visit to Western Kentucky.
In his message, Governor Beshear encouraged everyone to eat locally and support Kentucky businesses.