The Caldwell Medical Center has developed a plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the public as they become available.

The CMC plans to distribute the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that was provided to regional health departments earlier this week. Like its COVID-19 testing plan, it will take patients by appointment only and give the vaccines on Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The medical center is not quite ready to begin giving vaccines and will notify the public when they are available. People can make appointments by calling the same number for COVID testing appointments at 270-365-0428.

The medical center would then call people who made appointments to let them know when they can receive their vaccine. Vaccine availability is on a first come, first served basis.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get an idea of how many people are interested in the vaccine so we can try and make sure we can have that on hand,” said CMC Marketing Manager Casey Farley. “We have to order those vaccines, but to reorder, we have to use our supply and then ask for more.”

COVID testing continues at the Caldwell Medical Center, taking place after 4 p.m. on weekdays. Those who made appointments to be tested should drive to the medical center at 100 Medical Center Drive off of U.S. 62 West.

The tests are done in a drive-through format. People being tested pull up to the overhang at the medical center entrance and a medical professional comes out to get health information. The person is then tested and is called later in the day with the result. The procedure is free and covered by insurance.

COVID testing appointments can be made by calling 270-365-0428.