COVID-19 update, LTDHD’s vaccine distribution

SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


As of Jan. 26, Meade County has 1,655 total cases of COVID-19. Of those, 225 are active, 1,420 have recovered, and 10 have died according to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

Vaccinations have started to roll out in a phased structure. Phase 1A consists of those in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and healthcare personnel. Phase 1B includes first responders, anyone age 70 or older, and K-12 personnel. Phase 1C covers anyone age 60 or older, anyone older than 18 with CDC highest risk conditions, and all essential workers. Phases 2, 3 and 4 include anyone age 40 or older, anyone age 18 or older, and children under the age of 18 if the vaccine is approved for this age group respectfully.

The LTDHD accepted appointments on Jan. 20 for those in groups 1A and 1B to be vaccinated. The amount of people attempting to register caused problems in their system.

“Even with technology upgrades over the past year, the vaccine’s demand crippled our phone and computer systems,” the LTDHD said in a press release. “In a matter of 3.5 hours, we received 16,438 phone calls and 6,222 visits to our website – equating to over 20,000 attempts for only 590 doses.

The vaccine currently distributed by the LTDHD is made by Moderna, which means it requires two doses, 28 days apart. This method of administration will make the vaccine 94 percent effective, according to the LTDHD.

The LTDHD does not expect to receive additional vaccines until mid-late February, but they can’t be certain of that.

“The uncertainty of knowing when more vaccines will arrive prevents us from placing individuals on waiting lists.”

In the meantime, they are encouraging the public to look for other vaccination opportunities within the community by visiting kycovid19.ky.gov for updates regarding which Kroger and pharmacy sites will be available to provide the vaccine in the near future.

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