Mercer County Health District ending COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru

MERCER COUNTY — Low demand for vaccine appointments in Mercer County has prompted the county health department to end drive-thru clinics for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Due to limited demand for vaccination appointments, there will be no drive-thru clinic next Wednesday, April 14,” the health department said in a statement. “The April 7 clinic will likely be our final drive-thru clinic for first-dose COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to hold drive-thru clinics for people to receive their second dose of vaccine through May 7.”

There are still appointments available for tomorrow’s vaccine drive-thru clinic at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Those 18 and older can register online before midnight. You can also schedule by phone at 567-890-2619 until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The lowering demand in the vaccine also comes as the county also is the county with the second lowest in the entire state for COVID-19 spread with 36 cases per 100,000 residents last week. The only county with a better number is Holmes County, which has 18 cases per 100,000 residents.

Mercer County Health District is still encouraging any residents eligible to get the vaccine to do so.

Mercer County has vaccinated close to 25 percent of its entire population and vaccination rates for those 65 and older is between 61 percent and 77 percent depending on the age bracket.