Baptist Health Paducah and Mercy Health Medical Pavilion are regional vaccination sites with vaccinations beginning next week
Governor Andy Beshear announced yesterday the creation of four new regional COVID-19 vaccination sites including two in western Kentucky. The two locations in western Kentucky will be in Paducah at Baptist Health and Mercy Health Medical Pavilion. Beshear said all four sites will go live next week.
“The three sites that you will see in just a little bit...are two in western Kentucky, We’ll show you those in a minute - Lourdes and Baptist in Paducah.” Beshear said. The interactive map showing vaccine locations which is found at govstatus.egov.com/kentucky-vaccine-map shows the Mercy Health location will actually be at the Mercy Health Medical Pavilion, which is next to Lourdes Hospital.
The third site will be at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. And the fourth site is at the Kentucky horse park in Lexington.
Beshear didn’t provide details about the dates and times when the Paducah vaccine locations will be open.
The Purchase District Health Department said Mercy and Baptist will each receive 500 vaccine doses per week. Once it’s time to administer booster shots, the sites will begin receiving 1,000 doses per week. As regional sites, both locations will serve multiple counties in west Kentucky.
The health department asked to be a vaccine site but was denied. The state is developing a vaccine plan for all health departments across the state.
“Health Departments have been asked to target the vulnerable population with what is allocated to us. PDHD does not have a date for when vaccines will begin to be allocated to the health department again for 1st doses or the exact amount the state will allocate,” said health department officials in a Thursday news release. “Currently PDHD only has vaccines for the 2nd dose at PDHD. When PDHD receives vaccines, we will allocate them to the Health departments in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, and McCracken counties in an equitable manner so that all five counties move into the next vaccination phase close to the same time. More information will be shared as it becomes available.”
The Purchase District Health Department will maintain a registry for those who want to be vaccinated in the counties it serves. Sign up for that registry at purchasehealth.org.
“We will continue to maintain this registry and utilize it to share information on when and where you may be vaccinated whether it is at one of our clinics or at a community partner’s site and to further inform them about the current ways that you can schedule a vaccine. You will not receive a phone call or a communication from the health department until we are able to schedule you or direct you to where you can be scheduled.” stated in the news release from the health department.
Beshear shared the state’s new website where you can find out which phase of the state’s vaccination plan you belong to and where you will be able to make an appointment once you are eligible. There’s a hotline too.
The state’s vaccine website is vaccine.ky.gov and the hotline is 855-598-2246. A TTY hotline is also available for people who are hearing impaired. That number is 855-326-4654. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Hotline operators are prepared to walk a person without internet throughout what’s on the website via a phone call,” said Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “For those who are vaccine eligible, the operator can help them identify a vaccine location and connect them by phone or even help them look for an available appointment. For those not currently eligible, the operator can help the caller sign up for text or email notifications.”
The governor said those 70 and older will be prioritized first across the state starting on February 1 and until further notice. But, other people from phases 1A and 1B will remain eligible for vaccination.
The governor expects to announce two more regional vaccination sites next Thursday, as well as additional sites February 11.