Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Update...
In recent correspondence to Rick Whitehouse, KDA Executive Director, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health assured KDA that dentists are in phase 1a for vaccine distribution. Of course, hospitals and nursing homes are in that category and will go first. He said that the vaccine will most likely be distributed through hospitals, clinics and local health departments. Timing is a function of availability. But, it will take time and everyone is asked to be patient. They will use the media, the KDA and the board of dentistry to get the word out.
If you are still waiting for initial information about when and where you may get the vaccine, many health departments throughout the state are currently ramping up and organizing vaccine distribution sites and may have information on their websites. (Please be patient, as some do not yet have information to share.) In most areas, you must complete an inquiry form in order to schedule the vaccine for you and your staff. In many areas, vaccines are administered by appointment only at this time.
More information from Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2020) – On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and announced that Kentuckians will be inoculated 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 what order vaccines should be administered in, which is crucial if they are having challenges meeting the 90% weekly goal or if they have extra thawed vaccine.
The Governor said 60,414 vaccine doses have already been administered in Kentucky; 57,000 doses (27,300 from Pfizer and from 29,700 from Moderna) will be delivered this week.
“We’ve got to get these things out faster. I’m not OK with the pace that they are currently being provided. We have too many people out there who are rightfully anxious, and they need to see this whole country pick up the pace. We are certainly going to do it here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.
The planned vaccination phases are:
Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel (including dental 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)
“We are committed to getting this done quickly, efficiently and in the best way we know how and are able to deliver. We’re committed to ramping up the pace dramatically,” said Dr. Stack. “We’re asking every vaccination site to use the prioritization guidance and stick with that, but the top level goal is for every vaccine administration site in the state to administer 90% or more of the vaccine doses they receive within one week, so we don’t have vaccine doses waiting in a freezer until the next week.”
To view the CDC’s highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, click here. To view essential workers, defined for these vaccination phases, click here.
Kentucky's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Dr. Stack asks for your patience and leadership as they continue to operationalize this massive undertaking.
KDA will continue to work on your behalf and provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.