EKU Perkins Building announced as next COVID-19 vaccination site

The Perkins Building on the campus of EKU has been announced as the next COVID-19 vaccination site. 

UPDATE: March 2

Baptist Health Richmond announced that appointments for the clinic at Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Building will be available online at www.ScheduleYourVaccine.com starting March 3, 2021.

"Baptist Health Richmond is committed to following Gov. Beshear’s directions on vaccinations. Currently, our priority is to vaccinate those in Phase 1A and 1B, persons 70 and older. Gov. Beshear announced last week some locations serving 1B are slowing and those sites can schedule persons from phase 1C. We have been instructed to prioritize healthcare workers and those in Phase 1B, 70 and over, and that remains our focus," according to a statement by Baptist Health Richmond.

Appointments are expected to fill up quickly, but available appointments may open due to cancellations. The online portal will be updated with any cancellations and additional appointments. 

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to Madison County and Baptist Health Richmond to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eastern Kentucky University president David McFaddin said in an email to the campus community on Feb. 25 that the regional COVID-19 vaccination site and the clinic will be located at the EKU Perkins Building beginning in March.

McFaddin said it will be the largest public vaccine clinic in Madison County to date. The vaccines will be administered by Baptist Health Richmond.

“We are excited that EKU will provide the location and support personnel to help continue the fight against the pandemic with new vaccination opportunities within our local community,” McFaddin said in an email.

McFaddin said that they are still awaiting specifics on the number of vaccines available and when appointment registrations will be accessible. 

“The state priority is to vaccinate those in Phase 1A and 1B and persons 70 and older at this time. Most of our faculty/staff are classified in Phase 1C as essential workers in higher education. Your age or work within healthcare, childcare, or K-12 education may qualify some members of our campus community for vaccines in Phase 1B,” McFaddin said.

McFaddin highly encourages people eligible and able to secure a vaccine appointment to take advantage of the opportunity. 

“Vaccines can greatly reduce the spread of illness and put us one step closer to a fully open campus. It is an exciting partnership, and we are proud to serve our campus and the broader community in this important public health initiative. We will continue to share updates on vaccine availability as soon as possible,” McFaddin said.

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