How many shots and volunteers? A look at Louisville's Broadbent Arena COVID vaccine site
Streamers fell from the ceiling and triumphant music played in Broadbent Arena on Tuesday as Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage pushed a needle into Anthony Kennedy's arm, making him the 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine recipient at the mass vaccination site.
The Louisville drive-thru site that's been operating since January is preparing to transition to a mobile model, with the last appointment being at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Staff will clean up the site on Friday as the LouVax mobile missions ramp up.
The transition is made possible in part by a new mass site at Cardinal Stadium, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Tuesday, "but also because we got to adapt our approach to the vaccination."
"We have got to go to where the people are," he said. "We're at a place with this vaccine effort right now where there's many people that are not as interested in getting the shot. So we want to make it as easy as possible by going into the community ... at as many locations as possible."
Here's a look at notable numbers from the LouVax vaccine site's tenure at Broadbent Arena:
LouVax administered 16% of city's vaccines
LouVax staff had administered 100,000 vaccines as of Tuesday morning, including 59,326 primary shots and 40,627 boosters, or second shots.
For comparison, there have been 627,255 total shots administered across the city, including about 367,000 primary doses and roughly 259,000 boosters.
That means LouVax staff have administered 16% of the vaccines in the city.
Patients ranged from teens to age 99
The patients that came through Broadbent Arena have included teachers, first responders and health care workers.
They ranged in age from 16 to 99. They represented 26 languages. They drove cars, trucks, vans, buses and motorcycles, rode bicycles and some were pedestrians.
Hartlage said Tuesday: "I am a little disappointed that we never got someone through on horseback."
Staff volunteers had $2M impact
More than 2,000 volunteers from age 18 to 84 devoted 76,074 hours to running the site, an economic impact of more than $2 million, Hartlage said.
Staff included 67 pharmacists, 138 doctors and 478 nurses.
Supplies, Sharpies and swabs
Since opening, the site has used 204 Sharpies, 480 clipboards, 600 safety vests, 100,000 band aids and 134,000 alcohol swabs.
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