UK Healthcare gives 100,000th COVID vaccine

UK Pharmacist Stephanie Branham, left, administered the 100,000th Covid-19 vaccination to Roberta Mason, of Frankfort, ( with her daughter Sherry Brown) ,at Kroger Field on the University of Kentucky campus on March 4, 2021. Photo by Mark Cornelison | UKphoto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/UK Public Affairs)The University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare celebrated a milestone Thursday as the 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination was administered at the Kroger Field Vaccination Clinic.

Roberta Mason of Frankfort was waiting in line with her daughter to get her second dose of the vaccine when she was informed by UK staff that she was to receive the 100,000th dose since the vaccination clinic opened at Kroger Field in January.

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To anyone who is hesitant to get the vaccine, Mason has a request.

“Please, come and get the vaccine,” she said. “COVID is nothing to play around with. It’s a horrible, horrible disease. So many people have passed. It’s very sad.”

“I’m glad I have this shot,” said Mason, whose post-pandemic plans include going shopping with her daughter. “I feel really good. I’m ready to party.”

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field is vaccinating up to 150 Kentuckians per hour and is currently the largest vaccination clinic in the region — serving 20,000+ Kentuckians per week.

The vaccination clinic operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Vaccination clinics are massive public health undertakings, which require many helping hands. On any given day, approximately 120 staff members and volunteers go to work at Kroger Field — serving in roles from immunizers to wayfinding.

Volunteers from UK, including employees from UK HealthCare, athletics, emergency operations, health corps and public relations and marketing, as well as hundreds of volunteer students, faculty and staff, have joined forces to help the community meet this unprecedented challenge.