GREEN COUNTY (WKOW) — Close to 500 people will get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week thanks to the Green County Public Health Department.
The department is hosting two vaccine clinics for people 65 or older and demand for appointments is high.
“We’ve seen an overwhelming amount of support from community members who want to receive the vaccine,” Bridget Craker, a public health educator, said Sunday. “We’ve had appointments fill up really quickly.”
The first clinic is Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second clinic is Wednesday at the same time.
Craker said none of 480 vaccination appointments were available as of Sunday evening.
She said being able to distribute vaccine doses to more people is giving her hope.
“It’s a really important step in moving forward and kind of a light at the end of this tunnel that we’ve been talking about in ending the pandemic,” she said.
She said the public health department is planning to hold more vaccine clinics in the future, but nothing is scheduled yet because the department doesn’t know how many doses it will receive in coming weeks.
While the slow rollout has frustrated some, Craker said she wants people to remember everyone will eventually be eligible.
“Stay hopeful and know that the vaccine is coming,” she said.
Anyone who lives or works in Green County can sign up for future vaccine clinics on the public health department’s website.