Brushy Fork Event Center clinics administer more than 9,000 COVID-19 vaccines; limited blood screening slots still available

BUCKHANNON – The vaccination clinics at the Brushy Fork Event Center have administered more than 9,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vice president for marketing, public relations and Foundation for St. Joseph’s Hospital Lisa Wharton said as of the April 20 Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur meeting, the clinic – made possible by the hospital, Community Care of W.Va., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and other community partners – had administered 9,129 doses. She added that 417 boosts were administered during the Wednesday, April 21 clinic and just under 200 new doses.

“I just put a press release out that we’re taking walk-ins; you don’t have to have an appointment, you don’t have to be a West Virginia resident; you don’t have to be from Upshur County,” Wharton said. “Hopefully, we can get that out in the news to get more people in so we can do this because we only have this clinic and then next Friday, April 30, that is our last clinic.”

The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur became a sponsor with six other agencies to host community vaccination clinics at the Event Center at Brushy Fork located at 929 Brushy Fork Road in Buckhannon. According to a previous press release, if you have been contacted with an appointment time, please arrive at the center at your scheduled time. To prevent unnecessary wait times and traffic congestion, do not arrive early. Everyone who is scheduled has an assigned vaccine, and all those receiving a vaccine should bring a valid photo ID.

“We’re hoping to wrap up blood screenings, and those are ongoing at the hospital, and I think they’re going really well,” Wharton said. “I will tell you, we are getting cancellations, so if people want to and haven’t got an appointment, they need to keep checking back because appointments are coming available as those cancellations go.”

The club has also set up five blood screenings on May 1, May 15 and May 22 at St, Joseph’s Hospital. A basic blood profile test costs $35 and optional tests include thyroid for $5, colon cancer screen for $5, hemoglobin A1C for $15, prostate cancer for $20 and Hepatitis C antibody for $20. No walk-in appointments will be available, but interested parties can periodically check for cancellations.

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