Mass vaccination site opens in Wilmington

Mass vaccination site opens in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio (FOX19) - A new mass vaccination site is opening up in Wilmington.

Starting April 1, the Wilmington Air Park will serve as one of 15 mass vaccination sites in Ohio, according to The Health Collaborative.

They say the site will operate for about 60 days or until vaccine delivery for the area is complete. Appointments are required.

Beginning March 29, all Ohioans 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine.

Health Collaborative officials ask those looking to receive a vaccine to book an appointment here.

Leaders say the site will make life a bit easier for those in the community.

“We’ve got almost 1,600 employees here at the Air Park, and for them, it’s a lot more convenient for them to come here and not have to go to an urban area and also for the rural community as well,” says Air Park’s President and CEO Richard Corrado. “We know from employees that have had to take half a day off in some cases of the people who have already been vaccinated they’ve had to disrupt their day in that respect.”

600 people a day would be the capacity at the site and officials say approximately 3,000 vaccines will be administered at this site weekly.

Clinton County Commissioner Mike McCarty says he loves to see the teamwork and effort that has been put into this.

“This whole pandemic, a lot of people had to come together, who probably wouldn’t work together before, but seeing how ATSG and Kroger have come together and worked as a team to put this together rather quickly,” says McCarty. “It’s only been two to three weeks before they got the green light, and they got that building renovated and did a lot of hard work. Where you walk in the door, it’s a seamless machine, so I’m excited to see that, and I’m excited for our region to have this opportunity.”

The site will run for about eight weeks and then depending on how the response is, it could run for a longer period of time.

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