The Lincoln Trail District Health Department is hopeful anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination will be able to receive it by sometime this summer.
Terrie Burgan, health promotion manager and public information officer for the six-county district, said that’s “the ultimate goal” of the health district.
“The Lincoln Trail District Health Department follows guidelines set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Kentucky Department of Public Health,” she said. “These agencies have required that we utilize a phased and prioritized approach due to limited vaccine availability.”
Burgan said vaccinations have been provided for more than 1,000 health care workers and first responders since Dec. 28 within the district that covers Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Nelson, Washington and Marion counties.
“Initial doses have gone to health care workers and first responders because of their essential role in fighting COVID-19 and their increased risk of getting the virus,” she said. “Subsequent doses will be provided in phases as per ACIP, and KDPH guidance, which targets additional workforce and population groups as more vaccine supplies become available.
“It will take time to transition between phases,” she added.
The state currently is in Phase 1a of six phases that primarily are based on profession and age.
Burgan said she expects the district to remain in Phase 1a until at least the end of January.
“... Transitioning between phases will be very fluid. However, we will strive to inform the public as quickly as possible when beginning a new phase,” she said.
Burgan said the health district hopes additional agencies will become vaccine providers, such as pharmacies. Health care providers also can go to kycovid19.ky.gov and enroll as a vaccine provider. She said non-hospital health care workers can go toltdhd.org to register their practices and offices to receive the vaccine.
“This will all play a part as to where the public will go for vaccination,” she said.
Burgan said the health district won’t disclose how many doses it has received to date.
Among the long-term care facilities locally, Atria Senior Living in Elizabethtown and Signature HealthCARE of North Hardin in Radcliff have administered the vaccine to residents. People 70 and older have been the most vulnerable to COVID-19 in Kentucky.
Of the 2,806 deaths in Kentucky attributed to the virus, 2,109 have been in people aged 70 years and older. There have been 1,997 deaths among people in long-term care and congregate settings, according to kycovid19.ky.gov.
In data provided Monday by the health district, there had been 12,655 cases of the virus in the six-county region with a recovery rate of 91.9 percent with 871 active cases and 146 deaths from virus complications.