NKY Convention Center transforming into mass vaccination site

Vaccinations will begin Feb. 11.

NKY Convention Center preps for mass vaccinations next week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - One of four new high-volume vaccination sites across Kentucky will be located in Northern Kentucky.

The site will be hosted at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. It is one of five mass vaccination sites in Kentucky to have resulted from a state partnership with Kroger.

Appointments opened Thursday. They can be made seven days in advance on a rolling basis.

Appointments will be scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. The first vaccinations will begin Feb. 11.

The Covington site will have 2,000 first doses to administer per week.

Go to Kroger.com/covidvaccine or call 866.211.5320.

The three other sites announced Monday are in Murray, Glasgow and Bowling Green. Last week Gov. Andy Beshear announced four sites, one each in Lexington and Danville and two in Paducah.

“We’ve said we’re building the airplane as we’re flying it,” Beshear said Friday. “Well the airplane is starting to look really good.”

Kentucky is also distributing doses through the state’s 61 local health departments. Every department will receive doses equivalent to 1 percent of the population served (100 dose minimum.)

“All 120 counties will now be serviced through their local health departments,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said. “The quantities are insufficient. The vaccine quantities, overall, are not enough for the task, but this is still incremental progress.”

Doses will be provided on Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Second doses will arrive four weeks later.

“This is part of our continued commitment to make sure you don’t have to drive more than one county away to get your vaccine,” said Beshear. “We’re not fully there yet, but if you look through the progression of where we were a week ago compared to where we are now, you see how this is coming together.”

Kentuckians in Phase 1B — those 70 and older; first responders; and K-12 school personnel — will be prioritized for appointments at both the health departments and mass vaccination sites.

With first responders and K-12 mostly vaccinated through separate state programs, the mass vaccination sites will administer most doses to the 70+ demo.

Some 350,000 Kentuckians aged 70+ have not yet received the vaccine.

Kentuckians in Phase 1C — those 60 and older; those over 16 with high-risk conditions; and all essential workers — are able to register through the state system but may have to wait to get their shots.

However, the state’s goal remains getting its weekly doses out at a 90 percent clip. That means Phase 1C individuals could still receive vaccines at local or regional sites if the alternative is keeping doses stored in freezers longer than seven days.

Thursday Vaccine Update

Kentucky has now vaccinated more than 10 percent of its overall population and a substantially larger share of its vaccine-eligible population, according to Stack.

The state is now seeing its first significant increase in doses, with large increases expected in February as Pfizer and Moderna increase countrywide distribution.

Eighty-two percent of all first doses allocated to Kentucky (401,264/490,975) have been administered.

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