MOUNT VERNON – Winter weather has once again forced local public health officials in Knox County to change the date for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for more than 700 people.
Tuesday's drive-thru clinic at Cooper Progress Park (the former Siemens Energy campus), sponsored by Knox Public Health, has been canceled due to the impending winter storm expected in central Ohio.
The second-dose clinic has been rescheduled as a walk-in clinic on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon High School Energy Fieldhouse (101 Yellow Jacket Dr.). This is the same site as the first-dose clinic. There are no appointments, and attendees can come anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clinic participants are being notified by phone with a pre-recorded message from the Knox County alert system. Clinic details are also posted on the Knox Public Health website, knoxhealth.com, and social media.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 13, the new date for the second-dose clinic extends the normal 21-day period between the first and second doses for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. However, public health officials indicate this will not affect the window of opportunity for the vaccine to be fully effective.