MOUNT VERNON — Beginning Jan. 3, 2013, there are several new changes taking place in the operation of the medical clinic at the Knox County Health Department.
To accommodate the increase in patients to see the doctor, immunizations for children and adults will now be available by appointment only. Appointments will be available on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Appointment times will be from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
As of Jan. 1, immunizations for children and adults will no longer be available on a walk-in basis.
“Depending on how busy we are with medical patients the first few weeks of 2013, we are not planning to turn away those who have not heard about the change in immunizations,” said Jackie Fletcher, RN, director of nursing for the health department. “But this is what will work best with our reduced staff. It is how most health departments in Ohio operate.”
Also beginning in January, if you have insurance, your insurance will be billed for your immunizations. Those visiting the medical clinic for immunizations are asked to bring their insurance card to each appointment.
“Due to changes at the federal and state levels for purchasing and reimbursement of vaccine, the health department medical clinic is now required to bill insurance companies for all adult and childhood immunizations,” said Jackie Fletcher, RN, director of nursing. Medicaid will still be accepted.
To make an appointment for the medical clinic, call 399-8009.