St. Bernards Healthcare announced that it now has six clinics offering vaccines, in addition to the formation of partnerships with schools and churches and communities in order to make the vaccine more readily available. This push comes as part of the efforts to make the COVID vaccine available seven days a week.
The health care system had previously provided the COVID-19 vaccine at a central location during certain days of the week, but St. Bernards leaders concluded access had increasingly become an issue for some working individuals and others facing transportation difficulties.
St. Bernards clinics that now provide the vaccine include two Urgent Care facilities open seven days a week, three primary care clinics open five days a week and a dedicated vaccine clinic operating every Friday.
While the initial clinic expansion is limited to Jonesboro, St. Bernards said it plans to expand offering the vaccine elsewhere in coming weeks. Furthermore, it will begin vaccination partnerships with Jonesboro and Nettleton Public Schools as well as Blessed Sacrament Church and Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro throughout the month of August.