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Photo obtained from The COMET's Facebook page.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, in partnership with Health Force, LLC, will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Monday, May 3.

Vaccines are free to the public on a first come, first serve basis at the COMET Central transit hub located at the corner of Laurel and Sumter Streets in downtown Columbia.

According to COMET officials, there are two vaccines that will be offered. One is through Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson and only requires one shot to be effective. The other is Moderna, which requires a follow-up shot within 28 days. Those interested will have their preference.

“We want to ensure that access to this vaccine is readily available to the public and transportation is an integral part of that conversation,” said LeRoy DesChamps, Interim Executive Director of The COMET. “As part of The COMET’s ‘Don’t Miss Your Shot’ vaccination transportation campaign, we are trying to reach as many people as we can by also providing vaccines on-site at our transit hub. Transportation’s role is that of a connector, which is why The COMET is involved.”

No appointment is necessary. If a reservation is desired, contact Health Force at 1–844-579-1500 or HealthForceUs.com.

“Health Force is pleased to work with The COMET to provide vaccines at the COMET Central location. Often, we think that urban areas are not underserved, but that is far from the truth,” said Valerie Aiken, CEO of Health Force, LLC. “Vaccine clinics should not only serve the people who drive to appointments, but also those who bike, walk, or ride."

Hours of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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