Childcare workers in the Bluegrass State are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kentucky's governor said Monday that childcare workers throughout the Commonwealth were now being included in phase 1B of the state's vaccine distribution plan, allowing them to sign up anywhere in the state that's currently offering vaccinations.
"We are making a change in that we are moving childcare workers up to 1B - the priority group that we're currently in," said Gov. Beshear on Monday. "We're at a place now where we think the timing is right for it, so as of today, childcare workers will qualify to begin signing up anywhere in and around the Commonwealth."
According to Gov. Beshear, local health departments are being asked to focus vaccination efforts specifically on individuals over 70-years-old, vulnerable populations, and childcare workers, even as parts of the state move into Phase 1C of vaccine distribution in the future.
Phase 1C of Kentucky's vaccine distribution plan will allow anyone age 60 or older, anyone age 16 who's classified as high-risk by the CDC, and all essential workers (non-healthcare) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but a date hasn't been set in stone yet as to when Kentucky will advance to that phase.
To see a map of all vaccination sites around Kentucky and find more information on signing up to receive the vaccine, visit the Kentucky Department for Public Health website.