Still Need a COVID-19 Vaccine? Mifflin Township Firefighters Hold Vaccine Clinic This Friday

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Still need a COVID-19 vaccine? The Mifflin Township Division of Fire, in conjunction with Franklin County Public Health, will hold a vaccination clinic at the Mifflin Township Hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Rd., across from the Gahanna Golf Course Clubhouse from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Friday, April 30. Mifflin Township firefighters will provide the two-shot Moderna vaccine to residents 18 years and older.

You must be registered to obtain a vaccine. Register for your appointment here.

Earlier this year, Mifflin Township was given the green light by the state of Ohio to operate COVID-19 vaccine clinics, staffed by firefighters/paramedics from the Division of Fire, making the township one of the first area fire divisions to offer a clinic. Township Trustees Lynn Stewart, Dick Angelou and Kevin Cavener voted in February to approve the Division of Fire’s request to utilize a township facility to vaccinate Gahanna and Mifflin Township residents in the unincorporated area. Residents need to meet criteria set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODOH). Mifflin Township’s Division of Fire applied to the Ohio Department of Health, along with other area fire divisions, to be considered as a vaccine clinic site.

“Our first responders have been directly impacted by this pandemic, and we want to play a role in stopping the spread of this virus,” said Mifflin Township Fire Chief Frederick Kauser. “We are most often thought of in an emergency, when a loved one is critically ill and in need emergency care, but we can play a critical role in prevention and managing the pandemic, too. We want to flip the script, to improve the health and well being of our residents. That is our hope, that with each vaccine administered we slow the spread and reduce the severity of the illness.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Franklin County has had more than 124,000 cases and nearly 1,400 deaths from COVID-19. Over the past several months, Mifflin Township Community Paramedic Kenny King, and other staff, participated in numerous vaccine clinics, assisting in vaccinating more than 600 residents per day, as well as supplementing staff at area hospitals.

“The trustees are in complete support of this effort to assist with Ohio’s statewide push to distribute the vaccine to residents,” said Chair Lynn Stewart, Mifflin Township Board of Trustees. “This partnership with the Ohio Department of Health gives us an opportunity to answer the call for service; to do everything in our power to keep our residents safe.”

As with all clinics, an online registration link will be required to ensure adequate doses of the vaccine are available. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Trustee and retired firefighter Kevin Cavener said “This has been a long year and we are so proud to be able to give back to our community and help residents and families on the path to getting life back to normal.”

Residents who wish to obtain information regarding the vaccine or to determine their eligibility should visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.