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Health Department announces Vaccination for COVID-19 across the Lake Cumberland District

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                                              VACCINATION FOR COVID 19 ACROSS THE LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

(Public Service Announcement issued by Shannon Beaty, Health Educator / PIO, Lake Cumberland Health Dept. on January 4, 2021) 

Vaccination for COVID 19 began December 23rd  across the Lake Cumberland District.  Each of the ten health departments received limited doses of the vaccine.  These doses were given to individuals identified by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Tier 1a.  The Tier 1a individuals consist of long-term care facilities (LTCF) residents and staff, assisted living facilities (ALT) residents and staff, healthcare personnel in clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, dental and homebased).   The health departments focus has been on healthcare personnel.

 

The long-term care facilities (LTCF) residents and staff, are being vaccinated by a contact through the Department for Public Health with Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.  We anticipate these facilities in our District should be vaccinated by March.   

 

Hospitals across the Lake Cumberland District have received limited supplies of vaccine.  They are asked to follow the Kentucky Department for Public Health Tier Vaccination guidelines.  The hospitals have vaccinated their employees, as well as, in some counties assisted with additional health care personnel.   

 

We have requested additional vaccine to continue vaccinating Tier 1a.  After all identified Tier 1a individuals have been vaccinated, we will begin vaccination for Tier 1b.  Tier 1b is identified as first responders, K-12 school employees and persons over 70 years of age. Tier 1b is an extremely large group of individuals.  We want remind everyone that this is no easy task.  We realize many individuals want to be vaccinated.  However, there is very limited amounts of vaccine available at this time.

 

We do want to assure the public that we are working diligently to vaccinate the community as guided by the Department for Public Health.  Everyone be aware, it may be summer before unlimited vaccine will be available for the community at large. 

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Governor releases plan for who will receive COVID-19 vaccine

January 6, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state has announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated for COVID-19 in four phases.

The governor said the state’s goal is to administer 90% of all vaccine doses received in the state within seven days of arrival and that the newly announced additional phases provide clarity on when more Kentuckians can get the vaccine. The phases also help providers understand in what order vaccines should be administered, which is crucial if they are having challenges meeting the 90% weekly goal or if they have extra thawed vaccine.  

The planned vaccination phases are:

  • Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
  • Phase 1b: First responders, Kentuckians age >= 70, K-12 school personnel
  • Phase 1c: Kentuckians age >= 60, anyone older than 16 with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, all essential workers
  • Phase 2: Age >= 40
  • Phase 3: Age >= 16
  • Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to comprise 18% of Kentucky’s population)

To view the CDC’s highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, click here. To view essential workers, defined for these vaccination phases, click here

 





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