TAYLOR COUNTY—Because of a surge in the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout the county, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department (GTCHD) will not be taking walk-ins for vaccinations.
According to GTCHD officials, the department has made the decision to temporarily suspend all walk-in or non-appointment school vaccinations.
“In order to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible, the health department will be requiring that all individuals wishing to undergo any kind of vaccination other than the COVID-19 shots make an appointment,” said Public Health Nurse LPN Nikki Underwood.
She voiced that a visit to the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is both quick and easy, allowing residents and one-stop shop for their vaccination needs.
“Every Tuesday we will have extended hours to help assist residents who may not be able to make it to our office during regular business hours. However, appointments will need to be made during these evening clinics as well,” Underwood noted. “We are able to administer vaccines quickly to get you in and out in no time.”
Those wishing to receive vaccines at the health department may do so Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and then again from 1:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.
Additionally, on Tuesdays, the department will be accepting appointments as usual in the morning, but once returning from lunch, vaccinations will be administered from 1:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
“We at the health department are always working to help ensure the safety of residents, and this is just another way we can do that,” Underwood shared. “We will even provide a printout for residents to take home with their shot records.”
According to GTCHD Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn, the health department will also be testing for COVID-19 outside of the health department through their mobile testing unit. He revealed that appointments are not needed to undergo testing, however, residents will need to call the department beforehand.
“We apologize for this change, but we must do so to ensure we are still able to serve your needs whilst also handling the current surge in COVID-19 cases,” he commented.
To make a vaccination appointment, please contact the health department by phone at 304-265-1288.