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Officials say vaccine rollout going smoothly in local long-term care facilities

January 7, 2021 | 12:08 am

Updated January 6, 2021 | 11:27 pm

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in long-term care facilities is going smoothly across Daviess County, according to local officials. Those vaccines are being administered through local pharmacies that have been contracted through the federal government. 

“The long-term care and assisted living facilities are being handled by pharmacies that have been contracted directly from the federal government through a program they’ve opted into,” Green River District Health Department Director Clay Horton said. “All of our local facilities are opted into the program. They will be on site three times to administer both doses of the vaccine.” 

Those visits are already happening, Horton said. Residents and employees are both currently being vaccinated. Local pharmacies and long-term care facilities are following the state’s guidance to fully vaccinate each facility by March 1. 

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During a joint update with Horton on Wednesday, Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly said he recently received a call from someone inquiring when residents of independent living facilities, such as One Park Place, would receive their vaccines. 

“We have some information on that facility and others, and we are looking at how we can assist and hit populations like that,” Horton said, adding that most residents in independent living facilities would fall into the state’s 1b or 1c priority group. “At any rate, we do know that it’s an older, at-risk population. As the vaccine becomes more available, those will be some of the priority groups that we’re working through.” 

Earlier this week, Beshear announced the planned vaccination phases in Kentucky are:

Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
Phase 1b: First responders, Kentuckians age 70 or older, K-12 school personnel
Phase 1c: Kentuckians age 60 or older, anyone older than 16 with CDC highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, all essential workers
Phase 2: Age 40 and older
Phase 3: Age 16 and older
Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to comprise 18% of Kentucky’s population)

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January 7, 2021 | 12:08 am

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