Clark County begins EMS vaccinations at old JCPenney store at Upper Valley Mall

Clark County begins EMS vaccinations at old JCPenney store at Upper Valley Mall
Clark County Combined Health

CLARK COUNTY — Clark County Combined Health District is beginning vaccinations for EMS workers in the county inside the former JCPenney store at the Upper Valley Mall.

Vaccinations are expected to begin around 2 p.m., when the first dose is administered during Gov. Mike DeWine’s afternoon press conference.

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The Clark County Board of Commissioners used $60,000 in CARES Act money to book the temporary space at the mall to help with distribution of the vaccine for first responders.

“This unused space provides an opportunity to administer vaccines that will protect our healthcare workers and first responders,” said Clark County Commission President Melanie Flax Wilt. “We are all anxious to enhance our community-wide immunity, so that we can move on with our lives.”

The space at the mall will be used for up to three months to provide emergency COVID-19 vaccines, testing and other uses. The area Clark County Combined Health is using is 110,000 square-feet.

“This will provide a place for the health department to safely vaccinate any Clark County EMS personnel that wish to be vaccinated. If the need arises, we are prepared and eager to scale the operation and make it available to everyone,” Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said.