Hardin County and many surrounding counties are well below the state average of people who have been fully vaccinated or at least received the first dose of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, according to a Kentucky Public Health website.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 31.54 percent of Hardin County’s estimated population of 108,095 – 34,097 people – had received the first dosage of the vaccine.
Of that total, 11,501 are residents 65 years of age and older. According to data, 80.65 percent of the county’s 65 and older population has been fully vaccinated or started the process with an initial shot and 41.13 percent of residents 18 and older had done the same.
The state overall percentage as of Tuesday was 41 percent with 50 percent of the older than 18 population receiving a first shot or being completely vaccinated.
“We are moving in the right direction, but the number currently vaccinated does not help us achieve community immunity (herd immunity),” said Terrie Burgan, health promotion manager and public information officer for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. “Every person who decides to get a COVID-19 vaccine helps limit the spread of the virus, protects the unvaccinated and moves us closer to herd immunity.”
Burgan said at least 70 percent of the population must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
Meanwhile, LaRue County has had 27.92 percent of its 14,156 residents vaccinated with at least one shot, including 59.24 percent of its 65 and older population.
In Meade County, 24.27 percent of the county’s estimated population of 28,326 people have had at least the first shot.
County population is based on 2018 Census estimates, according to the state site.
Although there is no breakdown by county on source of vaccinations, on a state level, 50 percent of the vaccines have been the Pfizer vaccine, 44 percent Moderna and 6 percent for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Dr. Matthew Stiles, medical director of Baptist Health Hardin Medical Group, previously said more people need to be vaccinated, probably 80 percent of the population, for immunity.
“To get that immunity, it is going to take participation from the young and healthy,” he said.
The public health report is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control with information received by vaccine administration providers.
Woodford County leads the state in vaccination percentage with 54.86 of the county’s 26,097 population vaccinated or receiving a first shot, including 94.25 percent of the county’s residents 65 and older.
Christian County has the lowest percentage at 16.839 with Spencer County next at 17.25 percent.
“There are vaccination appointments available every week, at many different times throughout the day,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. “At some sites, you don’t even need an appointment. Get it done, for yourself and for your community, so we can reach our goal and relax more restrictions.”
As of Monday afternoon, there have been 9,406 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hardin County since March 2020, according to the health department. Of that total, 9,128 people have recovered (97 percent) and 153 people have died from COVID-19 complications. There were 22 new cases for the county with 125 active cases as of Monday’s report.