Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Med Center Health’s response to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation Restrictions

Visitation restrictions are in effect at all Med Center Health hospitals and Cal Turner Rehab & Specialty Care.

Get the shot – Information about vaccines

Vaccine Doses Given *
Type of vaccine dose 1st 2nd Total
Vaccine Doses Given * 41,724 39,223 80,947

If you have been vaccinated and receive the following text, this is a legitimate research study from Med Center Health and WKU regarding responses/ side effects to the COVID vaccines. The survey is anonymous and we do hope that you will take the time to complete the survey.

Hello from Med Center Health and Western Kentucky University! Please take this survey designed to gather information regarding possible responses or side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey is completely anonymous and will remain open through June 14, 2021. It should only take about 5 to 10 minutes of your time. You will receive one reminder text about the survey. Thank you so much for getting vaccinated and for your participation in this study.

Bowling Green Vaccine Clinic Now Scheduling anyone age 12 or older

Med Center Health will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 12 through 15 beginning on Sunday, May 16. Please text COVID to 270-796-4400 to schedule an appointment. Parent or legal guardian must be present at time of vaccination.

Med Center Health is also partnering with pediatricians from Graves Gilbert Clinic and Bowling Green Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for COVID vaccine clinics. If you have questions about the vaccine, please feel free to contact your child’s doctor. 

The Med Center Health Vaccination Clinic in Bowling Green is offering limited walk-in vaccinations. You may also schedule an appointment by texting the word COVID to 270-796-4400. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian present.

To cancel

  • If you requested an appointment by text, text the keyword CANCEL to 270-796-4400
  • OR call 270-796-4400

To reschedule

  • If you requested an appointment by text, text the keyword RESCHEDULE to 270-796-4400
  • OR call 270-796-4400

If you need special accommodations, please let us know. If texting for an appointment, you will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted by a member of Med Center Health staff to schedule an appointment.

Please note: If you request an appointment by text, it may be several days before you receive a response due to overwhelming demand. There is no need to text multiple times. Repeated submissions will reset your request to the current date and you will lose your earlier spot on the list. Please do not call the hospital switchboard. We thank you for your patience.

Vaccine Clinic Hours:

Sunday, May 16
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Limited Walk-ins Available


Med Center Health is pleased to announce that, in addition to the Vaccine Clinic in Bowling Green, COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment through each of our hospitals in Albany, Horse Cave, Franklin and Scottsville. The vaccine is being administered to all persons over the age of 18. If available, the Pfizer vaccine may be given to persons 16 and older. Please contact the facility for availability of Pfizer vaccine for those aged 16 and 17. Persons with an appointment for the vaccine who are under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Medical Center at Caverna

  • Call 270-786-2191 for an appointment
  • The Medical Center at Caverna, 1501 South Dixie Street, Horse Cave
  • Arrive at the Main Entrance door for screening and you will be directed to the Vaccine Clinic Area.

The Medical Center at Franklin

  • Call 270-586-5888 for an appointment
  • Vaccination is administered at Med Center Health Family Care Franklin, 1020 South Main Street, Franklin
  • Arrive at the front door for screening and you will be directed to the Vaccine Clinic Area.

The Medical Center at Scottsville

  • Call 270-618-3700 for an appointment
  • The Medical Center at Scottsville, 456 Burnley Road, Scottsville
  • Arrive at the Main Entrance door for screening and you will be directed to the Vaccine Clinic Area.

The Medical Center at Albany

  • Schedule a vaccine appointment by texting SHOT to 606-387-3646 or by emailing  AlbanyVaccine@mchealth.net
  • Vaccinations are given by appointment at The Welcome Center of Clinton County, 28 Welcome Center Drive in Albany.
  • Vaccinations are limited to persons 18 and older.

Med Center Health will bill insurance companies for administration costs and individuals will not incur any costs. The vaccine will be provided regardless of whether or not a person has insurance. People requesting the vaccine must be Kentucky residents. A Kentucky driver’s license or form of Identification to prove residency and age will be required. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early to your scheduled appointment.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are different from traditional vaccines. They’re not made with live, dead, or weak virus. What do you need to know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? What can you expect after you get it? Learn more about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

The CDC has released guidelines for those people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines. Read more at CDC.gov.

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development  or being distributed are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine is rapidly changing. Stay up-to-date with the latest by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or U.S. Food and Drug Administration websites.