Vaccine providers in Belmont County are seeing less demand and are working on new ways to generate interest.
Lots of doses are available at Ohio Hills Health Services, but few people are scheduling appointments even as the facility expands its evening hours.
The Belmont County Health Department faces similar issues. Both providers are noticing some hesitancy in certain age groups, those between 30 and 50 years old.
Now, they’re brainstorming ideas on how to expand their reach.
Ohio Hills is currently in the process of getting a mobile van so they can go to communities to set up a vaccination clinic for those with transportation issues. Meanwhile, the Belmont County Health Department have been contacting businesses to see if they would want them to come to their business and vaccinate the employees. Pop-up clinics in small communities are another option.
This week, the health department will be holding open vaccination clinics at St. Clairsville, St. John Central Academy and Shadyside Schools, as well as the Ohio Valley Mall.
Ohio Hills Health Services will administer vaccines at its Barnesville location by appointment only.
Belmont County health Department vaccination clinics this week:
Tuesday-2:30-4pm Saint Clairsville schools, Open clinic
Wednesday-Saint Johns Church in Bellaire 10 AM to noon open clinic
Thursday Ohio Valley Mall
First doses 4-5:30PM