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Eastern Kentucky school system set to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Schools in Breathitt County are partnering with Wild Health on Thursday to host a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

The clinic will be held Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Breathitt County High School.

“The main reason for our sponsorship, in conjunction with Wild Health Incorporated, of this vaccination clinic is to promote accessibility to the vaccine if people want to take it,” said Wallace Caleb Bates, a school system worker.

A Breathitt County Schools employee said the first vaccination clinic was held Nov. 11 and said turnout was high among students and staff.

Staff said their goal was to keep students and staff inside the classroom.

“We have been providing non-traditional education for part of the last year, and as we come out of this pandemic, we see the impact that has had and we continue to see it,” he said. .

The second clinic will focus on vaccinating more students aged 5-11. However, all eligible students who wish to be vaccinated will be able to receive one.

“A few weeks ago we had a vaccination clinic and we vaccinated about 40 children and adults who came in for vaccinations,” said Nicholas Noble, a Wild Health contractor.

Noble said these vaccines are crucial for children to help them stay healthy.

“Children who unfortunately become infected with COVID have the potential for both short-term and long-term health complications,” he said. “They could go home and infect other siblings, especially other siblings who are not allowed to be vaccinated at this time.”

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