Muskingum Valley Health Centers continues to offer vaccination options after administering more than 24,000 COVID-19 vaccinations and 4,000 influenza vaccines this year.
The medical provider offers COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, as well as flu vaccines, by appointment at select Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan and Muskingum locations.
COVID-19 vaccines are available to individuals ages 5 and up, and COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available for individuals age 18 and up who received their initial series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago or their initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine at least two months ago.
Muskingum Valley offers free transportation services to get patients to and from MVHC appointments, if needed.
COVID-19 cases reported through Sunday include 16,390 in Muskingum County, 6,782 in Guernsey, 5,530 in Coshocton and 2,096 in Morgan County.
Muskingum County leads the way with 936 hospitalizations followed by Guernsey, 511, Coshocton, 346, and Morgan, 129. Death totals are 206 in Muskingum followed by 103 in Coshocton, 83 in Guernsey and 38 in Morgan County.
Statewide in Ohio, 1,677,741 cases had been reported as of Sunday with 85,694 hospitalizations and 26,455 deaths.
A partnership with school districts in Guernsey, Coshocton, Morgan and Muskingum counties, as well as several local businesses, resulted in numerous on-site vaccination clinics for COVID vaccines and boosters, and flu shots.
“Schools and businesses have vital roles in our communities,” said MVHC Chief Executive Officer Dan Atkinson. “Offering convenient on-site vaccine clinics allows a large number of individuals the opportunity to receive their vaccines and vaccine boosters, helping combat the spread of COVID-19.”
The flexible clinic hours accommodated workers on shift schedules, giving them an opportunity to receive their vaccinations, he added.
When COVID-19 vaccines became available earlier this year, MVHC administer first and second doses at the on-site clinics. The tremendous response led to booster shots also being administered in the same manner.
MVHC will also be administering vaccinations in its new mobile health units.
“The MVHC Mobile Health program, which rolled out earlier this year, is dedicated to delivering health care to many of our smaller and rural communities throughout MVHC’s service area,” said Atkinson.
“The program includes three units which offer an exam room and are fully equipped to offer primary care medical visits, lab services, and immunizations.”
In addition to the mobile clinic vehicles, MVHC has a sprinter van that can be used for testing, vaccinations, patient education and community outreach.
To schuled a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, call 1-888-454-5157 or text 740-891-9000. For more information, visit mvhccares.org.
COVID-19 and flu vaccinations are also available at the Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department on Highland Avenue and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center on Clark Street in Cambridge.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: MVHC offers vaccine options for its communities