Kentucky’s long-term care facilities receive first rounds of COVID-19 vaccine

Kentucky's long-term care facilities receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky’s long-term care facilities are starting to get their initial rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday.

The governor said from the start of the pandemic, protecting seniors has been the state’s priority. Long-term care facilities account for more than 66% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths, according to the governor.

“Today we celebrate another great and hopeful day in our battle against COVID-19,” Gov. Beshear said. “Long-term care residents and the front-line staff who care for them are beginning to receive the life-saving Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Since two-thirds of coronavirus deaths in Kentucky come from long-term care facilities, these vaccinations – a modern-day medical miracle – have the real potential to save lives and significantly reduce COVID-19′s burden on our health care system.”

Around 800 long-term care facilities, including several in Northern Kentucky, will receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the week of Dec. 21, the governor said.

Boonespring of Union is among the facilities receiving doses of the vaccine on Monday, according to the Carespring website. On Tuesday, two other locations, Eastgatespring of Cincinnati and Dayspring of Miami Valley, are scheduled to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Carespring says on its website.

Getting the vaccine to the residents and staff is going to take time, the governor explained on Monday.

He says the goal is to have all long-term care staff and residents vaccinated by the start of March.

Overall, Kentucky received between 36,000 and 38,000 vaccines from Pfizer, according to the governor.

A second shipment from Pfizer should arrive this week, but Gov. Beshear said they won’t be getting as many doses as they first thought. Unsure why the second shipment will be less than expected, the governor said the state will get around 26,000 vaccines from the next round.

Two truckloads of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Kentucky on Sunday from a distribution facility. Gov. Beshear says the state should receive 76,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine in its first shipment.

As for which group will be prioritized next for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Beshear said he and his team are currently reviewing the recommendations from the CDC.

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