EDGEWOOD, Ky. (FOX19) - Northern Kentucky residents 70 years and older can now schedule an appointment to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare is providing the vaccinations. Appointments can be made here.
St. Elizabeth is also partnering with school districts in Boone Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties, both public and parochial, to schedule vaccine appointments at designated clinic locations for K-12 school personnel. According to the hospital network, vaccinations will occur over the next few weeks and are being scheduled internally within the school districts.
The news signals Kentucky’s move into Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, comprising first responders in addition to the groups above.
When first announced, Phase 1B was not intended to begin until the first week of February. Now K-12 school personnel and first responders are expected to finish receiving their first doses by that same week.
The timeline has been moved up, at least in part, due to the quickening pace of vaccinations statewide, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday.
Also, per a policy announced last week, the focus at Kentucky’s vaccination providers has shifted from adhering strictly to the phase delineations to getting the maximum amount of doses out each week (at least 90 percent.)
Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack affirmed that policy Thursday, saying none of the phases will end “decisively” and that a “residual tail” will exist as vaccinations move on into other phases.
That’s why phases 1A and 1B are proceeding simultaneously, with Phase 1C to begin the first week of February.
Kentucky’s phased rollout is scheduled to proceed as follows:
- Phase 1A
- Began Jan. 5
- Long term care facilities, assisted living facilities and health care personnel.
- Phase 1B
- First responders and K-12 personnel expected to finish first doses first week of February
- Anyone 70 or older can begin to register for vaccine on Jan. 28; limited availability.
- Phase 1C
- Anyone over the age of 60
- Anyone older than 16 with the highest risk COVID-19 risk conditions according to the CDC
- All essential workers
- Appointment registration to begin Jan. 28 for vaccine; limited availability
- Phase 2 - Anyone over the age of 40.
- Phase 3 - Anyone over the age of 16.
- Phase 4 - Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group.
- Click here for more information on Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
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