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Early Tuesday morning, Baptist Health Madisonville in Madisonville, Kentucky, received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Baptist Health Madisonville, which was among 11 Kentucky hospitals selected as the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, now plans to vaccinate its first employees on Wednesday.
“Baptist Health Madisonville has been working tirelessly to care for our community throughout COVID-19," explained Robert Ramey, President of Baptist Health Madisonville. "We are excited and grateful to be chosen as one of the first locations in the commonwealth to have the opportunity to vaccinate our healthcare heroes to help stop the spread and devastation caused by this virus.
The hospital received 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which it will distribute among its staff. "We anxiously await the time when more vaccine becomes available so that our friends and neighbors will become vaccinated as well and help end this pandemic," said President Ramey.
On Monday, five healthcare workers became the first in the Bluegrass State to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Louisville Hospital, which Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called "a historic achievement" in the state's fight against the virus.
Three Kentucky hospitals, University of Louisville Hospital, Baptist Health Lexington, and the Medical Center at Bowling Green, each received 975 doses on Monday and began their vaccination plans, with more hospitals like Baptist Health Madisonville receiving their first shipment Tuesday.