TALLMADGE, Ohio (WOIO) - There’s been a change in location for the mass vaccination clinic headed to Summit County.
The clinic was initially planned for the Chapel Hill Mall. Now, it’s moved to the Summit County Fairgrounds, according to the Ohio Department of Health website.
The Summit County Fairgrounds are located at 229 E. Howe Road in Tallmadge.
The move-in location comes the same week as an ownership change for Chapel Hill Mall.
Donna Skoda, the Commissioner of the Summit County Public Health Department, said the new owners of the mall tried to work with the county to allow the clinic to move forward, but ultimately, because space could not be guaranteed, the county decided to move the clinic to the fairgrounds site.
The change of venue will not delay the start of the clinic.
“We’re still looking at the end of March, perhaps March 29th or the first week of April; it really depends on vaccine availability,” Skoda said.
The clinic expects to vaccinate about 5,000 people a week but has not yet determined how many a day they will move through what is now a drive-through clinic at the fairgrounds.
“We’ve had to be nimble, and one thing I’ve learned in a pandemic is you don’t get instructions,” Skoda said.
The clinic will continue to meet state guidelines, Skoda said, by working to provide vaccinations to people in poorer neighborhoods through community outreach to get people registered, and a transportation plan is in the works.
“We’re going to work with Metro Transit to make sure the bus routes run down there and can drop people off and pick them up,” Skoda said.
An opening date for the state-sponsored site hasn’t been released. Appointment scheduling isn’t open at this time.
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