On Thursday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that frontline healthcare workers at Baptist Health Madisonville would be among the first to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, possibly as soon as Dec. 15.
"We believe that we could be vaccinating people here in Kentucky as early as Dec. 15," explained Gov. Beshear. "Just right around the corner."
Overall, Gov. Beshear said that including Baptist Health Madisonville, 11 Kentucky hospitals would receive allocations of the state's first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, with those 11 hospitals being spread throughout the entirety of the Bluegrass State.
Gov. Beshear said that the state's first shipment of the vaccine would be around 38,000 doses, with 2/3's of that shipment being distributed to long-term care facilities, and the other third being distributed among the 11 hospital locations.
Each individual pallet of the vaccine will contain 975 doses, with most hospitals, such as Baptist Health Madisonville, receiving one pallet initially.
"Now - it is a fairly small amount as compared to (the number of) healthcare workers across Kentucky," Beshear explained. "So these are just the first 11 sites that are going to receive them."
Gov. Beshear said that it will be up to each hospital individually as far as exactly who among the staff will receive the vaccine first.
The initial allocation sites, which you can view a full list of below, were chosen as the first sites to receive the vaccine because they have ultra-low cold storage as required by the CDC and because they were large enough to handle the shipment size of the vaccine.
- Lourdes Hospital - 975 doses
- Pikeville Medical Center - 975 doses
- University of Kentucky Hospital - 1,950 doses (two pallets)
- Baptist Health Madisonville - 975
- Baptist Health Louisville - 975
- Saint Elizabeth Health Care Edgewood - 975
- Baptist Health Corbin - 975
- Baptist Health Lexington - 975
- Norton Hospital - 1,950 doses (two pallets)
- Medical Center Bowling Green - 975
- University of Louisville Hospital - 975
"So that will be 12,675 frontline healthcare workers that we hope, as soon as Dec 15, can get these first series of vaccinations," said Gov. Beshear.