Kent County Community Center in Worton

The Kent County Commissioners gave the local health department use of the Community Center in Worton to house its COVID-19 vaccination program from Feb. 10 through May if needed.

“We’re interested in using the site because it has ample space to have large traffic flows indoors and in the parking lot,” said Kent County Health Officer William Webb at the Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday.

The Kent Community Center and the Health Department already have a Memorandum of Understanding in place for staging emergency operations such as vaccinations.

Webb said he recently began working with Kent County Parks and Recreation Director Myra Butler to assess the needs for running a clinic at the center Monday through Thursday.

“Everybody has been very willing and amenable to our request as the mass vaccination activities are very important to keeping the community healthy and bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to a conclusion,” Webb said.

Although some activities will be suspended to make room for the vaccination clinics, Butler said the community understands the current priorities.

“I think the understanding of the greater need for the community center to serve in this capacity will be well received,” she said at Tuesday’s meeting. “We are well prepared and ready to assist health department staff and volunteers as needed.”

She said the public will be notified through social media and the center’s website of changes or suspensions of regular programs as a result of the arrangement with the health department.

Webb said two days a week will be dedicated to first doses and the other two days will be set aside for second doses. 

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