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Kentucky Plans COVID-19 Vaccine Expansion With Drive-Through Sites

Kentucky is planning to extend the reach of the COVID-19 vaccine to several additional groups of individuals by launching drive-through vaccination sites that are expected to open in the first week of February.

Posted: Jan 16, 2021 11:01 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2021 11:02 AM

Kentucky's governor says the Bluegrass State is partnering with Kroger to increase the reach of the Commonwealth's vaccination efforts.

"We have entered into a partnership with Kroger to increase our vaccinations here in the coming months by helping us to stand up high-volume drive-through vaccination centers in regions across Kentucky," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear explained.

Gov. Beshear says the new vaccination efforts throughout the state will provide further access to the vaccine for individuals in Phase 1a and Phase 1b of vaccine distribution, in addition to opening up eligibility for individuals in Phase 1c.

Individuals eligible in each phase:

  • Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
  • Phase 1b: First responders, anyone age 70 and above, K-12 school personnel
  • Phase 1c: anyone age 60 and above, anyone age 16 and above classified as high-risk by the CDC, all essential workers (non-healthcare)

The new drive-through vaccination sites are scheduled to open in the first week of February. On Jan. 28, the governor said an announcement will be made as to where the sites will be located and how to register for them.

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Right now, the majority of Kentucky is currently in Phase 1a of the state's vaccine distribution plan, with some areas entering into Phase 1b on a county-by-county basis, vaccinating K-12 school personnel and individuals age 70 and above.

According to Gov. Beshear, registration for the new drive-through sites won't be limited to individuals based on their county of residence.

You can find more information on where and how to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois here.

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