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More than 200 vaccines administered at clinic

About 220 people received doses at a Gaughn’s Drug Store COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday at Warren State Hospital.

Jonie Smitley, Warren County Infectious Disease Consultant, said the clinic, a collective effort involving Gaughn’s, “the Department of Public Safety, Darling’s Home Care, lots of community medical and EMS volunteers, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, EmergyCare, Warren County Career Center Protective Services, and Dr. Keith Price,” was a successful one.

Smitley said the overwhelming majority of those who attended were patient and grateful.

Most of the vaccine given at the clinic at Israel Building were first doses. There were a few second doses administered.

According to Public Safety Director Ken McCorrison and Deputy Director Scott Rose, about 100 appointments were scheduled each hour of the event. In addition to keeping people moving through the process, the clinic was used to test the ability of volunteers and other providers to administer that many vaccines.

They said they are confident close to 1,000 vaccines could be administered in a one-day event, if that much vaccine were to arrive.

Protective Services Instructor Mike Noe said his students provided traffic and parking control for the event.

The students were put under some pressure to manage the parking when the number of vehicles that showed up exceeded expectations, he said.

COVID UPDATE

There had been 2,255 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, according to Tuesday’s statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

That is an increase of four over Monday’s report.

The latest report indicates only a small increase in the number of vaccines given to county residents — 3,623 have received one dose for partial coverage (a decrease of five compared to Monday’s report, as five more people received second doses than first doses).

The number of residents who were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday’s report was 3,718 — up 20 over Monday.

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