Winchester church holds vaccination clinic to reach people where they live

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A COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held Tuesday at a church in Winchester. With the COVID-19 delta variant on the rise, First Baptist Church Pastor Marvin King says it’s a great opportunity to reach people where they live.

WINCHESTER, Ky. (FOX 56) – A COVID-19 vaccination clinic was held Tuesday at a church in Winchester.

With the COVID-19 delta variant on the rise, First Baptist Church Pastor Marvin King says it’s a great opportunity to reach people where they live.

Winchester residents lined up at the Highland Street church to get their vaccination.

“I just decided to take it because I’m in the school system and it would bother me if and a child get it and bring it home to the parents” said Pamela Shackelford.

The clinic is a collaboration between the Clark County Health Department and the First Baptist Church. Since the vaccine has been available, the health department says it has inoculated 6,000 people.

However, the pace of those shots seem to have come to a crawl. Tuesday’s clinic had just 36 people on the schedule.

“I definitely want more,” said Pastor King. “I definitely wish more people would’ve taken the initiative to pre-register for the vaccine.”

Pastor King says the church will continue to reach out to those who still need the shot. He wants to be a solution to the COVID-19 problem in his community.

“We are all about making our community better all about loving our neighbor all about providing opportunities for people,” Pastor King said.

While Pastor King helps Winchester, he’s also trying to get back to normal church services. The virus has prevented a full in-person congregation since March of 2020.

“It is unsettling for us as a congregation, given that we we thrive in community,” Pastor King said. “However, I think the health and safety of our congregation is more important.”

Pastor King says this clinic helps the community and get his congregation back to a full house.

Officials with the Clark County Health Department say vaccinations have gone well across the county and they will have other clinics like this in the future.

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