LOUISVILLE, Ky. — America’s fight against COVID-19 is often equated to a “war-time” effort, and this week Louisville opened a mass-vaccination site utilizing an army of volunteers.

What You Need To Know

  • Louisville's mass vaccination site opened earlier this week

  • Metro Public Health & Wellness is administering Moderna vaccines at Broadbent Arena

  • 800 volunteers are on standby to help smooth the process

  • Healthcare workers can sign up to receive the vaccine online

“We put a call out to Kentucky Nurses Association nurses... to come help us," Delanor Manson said.

Manson is the C.E.O. of the Kentucky Nurses Association and told reporters this week she is rallying nurses from across the commonwealth to help vaccinate Kentucky residents.

On Monday the Kentucky Expo Center opened a mass, drive-thru site which will vaccinate thousands of people in the coming weeks.

“I would say you’re going to have a huge group of nurses show up to help us get this all done," Manson said.

The drive-thru operation at the Kentucky Expo Center will administer about 1,000 shots in the first week and likely over 2,000 vaccinations next week.

At the moment, all vaccinations happening at the Expo Center are by appointment and reserved for independent frontline workers. There is no same-day registration.

“I know it’s frustrating to not know how you might get vaccinated but we are building this plane as it takes off so right now our priority is those health care workers," Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville's chief medical strategist said.

According to Louisville’s Director of Public Health Sarah Beth Hartlage, the metro has nearly 800 volunteers at the ready and another 100 staffers from several Louisville metro agencies all with the goal of vaccinating the city.

“It does take an army to get all of this done but we are making it happen," Hartlage said.