Published on October 18, 2022

Owensboro Health Opens Respiratory Vaccine and Testing Center

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is expanding services offered at the Springs location tomorrow.  

Located at The Springs Health Centre (Building A), the Springs Respiratory Virus Evaluation/Treatment Center (RVEC) will offer vaccines and testing for various respiratory illnesses. Beginning on October 19, what was previously known as the COVID-19 testing drive-thru will now offer flu and COVID-19 vaccines as a complement to testing for respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, RSV, flu and strep. In addition to the drive-thru, vaccine patients will now have the option to come inside the newly renovated clinic space, replacing the vaccine clinic previously located at the hospital.

“One thing we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic was that our community lacks adequate access to health care for respiratory illnesses,” BC Childress, Director of Outpatient Pharmacy Services at Owensboro Health, said. “While testing for COVID-19 has become much more accessible over the last year, access to preventive care, like vaccines, remains limited. Our vision for the RVEC is to make prevention, testing and treatment for respiratory illnesses convenient for patients.” 

COVID-19 Vaccines 

Owensboro Health offers the COVID-19 primary vaccine series with Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for ages 12 and up, and the Novavax vaccine for ages 18 and older. Moderna and Pfizer bivalent boosters — which guard against newer strains of COVID-19 — are also available at this location for ages 12 and up. 

Patients can opt to come inside for a vaccine or get it from the convenience of their car via drive-thru. Currently, you need an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but officials hope to offer walk-in availability soon if more vaccine supplies become available.   

You can make an appointment online, through your MyChart account or by calling 270-685-7100 (option 6).

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are available at the RVEC in both standard and high-dose options. A high-dose vaccine is recommended for those ages 65 and up. 

Appointments are not needed to get a flu shot. Visit the facility and walk in or drive-thru. Most prescription insurance cards are accepted, including Medicare. Private pay for the flu vaccine is $25, cash or check.

Respiratory Virus Testing

The RVEC offers drive-thru testing for COVID-19, flu, RSV and strep. Appointments are not required for this service, but they can be made by calling 270-685-7100. 

The RVEC drive-thru is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The RVEC vaccine clinic will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We know that vaccines, quicker test results and therapeutic options will help keep patients healthy and out of the hospital,” said Childress. “This is a big step forward for patient-centered care.”

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.