Health departments to partner for mobile vaccination clinic in Shinnston, W.Va.; First 50 to receive gift cards – WV News

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (WV News) — Folks in northern Harrison County and the surrounding area will have an opportunity this weekend to get their COVID-19 or flu shots close to home — and potentially pick up a gift card, as well — at a mobile vaccination clinic to be held in Shinnston. 

The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department and UniCare are partnering to hold a mobile vaccination clinic from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Walt’s Gas Station, which is located on Hood Avenue in Shinnston. UniCare will provide the first 50 people who receive a COVID-19 vaccine with a $25 Walmart gift card. 

The departments and UniCare also will have small goodies available for those who are vaccinated. 

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and boosters will be available, along with the influenza vaccine. 

The vaccinations will be provided from the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department’s mobile unit, which will be easy to identify as it is decked out in blue and gold with the department name on the side, said Annie Kennedy, the department’s county outreach coordinator. 

Staff from both health departments will be there to register participants and administer shots. 

“We hope to be able to offer vaccinations to residents of both counties,” said Cindy Murphy, threat preparedness coordinator for the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department. 

Organizers were hitting road blocks finding a venue with availability when a local connection offered up the space formerly operated by Walt’s Service Station, Murphy said. 

The mobile outreach is part of an effort to reach outlying communities in the area and make vaccination more accessible to those who may not be able to reach their local health departments. The effort is funded by a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant, according to Kennedy.

“We’re thankful for the partnership with Harrison County and UniCare. That’s a huge thing for all three of us, I feel,” she said. 

In addition to the Harrison County effort, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has partnered with other surrounding counties to hold similar events. Events have already been held in partnership with the Monongalia and Marion county health departments in areas near the respective county lines. 

Although the Monongalia County event had more attendance, both were successful, she said. 

“Both clinics we had at least one vaccination, and I always say one is successful,” Kennedy said. 

A similar event will be held in Barbour County on May 4 and in Preston County on May 14, she said. 

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