Owensboro Health has opened its COVID-19 vaccination schedule to individuals aged 60-69. People in this age category can now schedule an appointment at an OH vaccination clinic through the system’s website or by calling the hospital’s appointment line at 270-685-7100.
Since Dec. 24, OHRH has administered more than 16,000 first doses and 9,000 second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to people in Kentucky’s 1A and 1B tiers — which include health care workers, first responders and individuals 70+.
With today’s announcement, those between the ages of 60 and 69 are also eligible to be vaccinated at OH.
“Vaccines represent our greatest opportunity to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so every dose increases hope for a brighter future,” said Michael Kelley, MD, vice president of medical affairs. “By expanding the age range for vaccine eligibility, Owensboro Health is taking another step to immunize our communities and help them stand strong against COVID-19.”
Throughout the vaccination process, Owensboro Health has used guidance from the Kentucky Department of Public Health to prioritize vaccine appointments, Kelley said. The 60-69 demographic is part of the next group on Kentucky’s vaccination plan and one that represents the highest risk of mortality, he added, and immunizing them will make a significant difference in saving lives and slowing the spread of the virus.
More than 45,000 individuals will now be eligible for vaccination within Owensboro Health’s service area.
Currently, the following groups are eligible for a vaccine at OHRH:
- Healthcare workers
- First responders
- Individuals age 70+
- Individuals age 60-69
Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital has also begun vaccinating the 60-69 category and is working with its local health department to schedule those appointments. Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center is currently vaccinating 70+ individuals from the Grayson County Health Department’s waiting list but intends to expand eligibility soon.