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Kroger Field Clinic Demobilizes, Vaccine Operations Transition to UK HealthCare Pharmacies

photo of someone dosing a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine
Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 7, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Kroger Field COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will transition its operations after May 14, following decreasing levels of COVID-19 vaccine demand. 

Beginning Wednesday, May 19, on-campus vaccine operations will move to clinical and pharmaceutical settings operated by UK HealthCare. UK HealthCare pharmacy hours of operations are as follows: 

Alumni Park Plaza, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

  • 2317 Alumni Park Plaza, Lexington, KY 40517 
  • This site includes a drive-thru option as well  

University Health Pharmacy, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • 830 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536 

Individuals who still need to schedule boosters after May 14 can receive their second dose at one of the UK HealthCare pharmacies.  

If and when authorization is granted for adolescents (12-16 years old) to be vaccinated, those immunizations will be administered at the Alumni Park Plaza pharmacy in coordination with UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital.  

“While this move signifies a new stage of our vaccine efforts, we are not resting in our commitment to make our people and communities safer,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “Our data and number of appointments indicate that a clinic of this size and scope is no longer necessary; however, we encourage anyone in the community who wants to receive the vaccine to schedule using the same sign-up platform we’ve used from the beginning.” 

Individuals interested in receiving the vaccine should sign up at ukvaccine.org. Once invited, they can use a unique access code to schedule an appointment at one of the two UK HealthCare pharmacies. Any questions related to the sign-up process can be directed to 859-218-0111.  

The Kroger Field COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic launched in January and supported the administration of more than 240,000 doses of the vaccine to people from across Kentucky. It was central to UK’s efforts in vaccinating first responders, K-12 employees, essential employees and the general public. 

As of April 29, more than 60% of UK students, 70% of UK staff and 80% of UK faculty have been fully vaccinated or are in the process of being vaccinated through UK — numbers that are fueling UK’s plans to return to more robust in-person operations for the Fall 2021 semester.  

UK President Eli Capilouto said the ability to transition from the clinic at Kroger Field to UK HealthCare pharmacies highlights the power of the institution’s modern public health infrastructure and its ability to adapt to the community’s evolving needs.  

“This massive logistical lift would not be possible without the thousands of clinic workers and volunteers who have — in all that they have accomplished — put our community first,” Capilouto said. “It is time for them to return to their sacred duties so that we can continue fulfilling our mission as the University of, for and with Kentucky.” 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.