COVID-19 Vaccination Information

We continue to follow the federal/state guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination distribution. We are working with Lexington’s medical, dental, pharmacy and other healthcare organizations to provide the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The clinics are currently limited to Phase 1A healthcare workers who live in or work in Lexington.

 

Vaccination Notification Form: If you are part of those categories, you can receive notifications about future clinics by providing information here: COVID-19 Vaccination Notification Form. If you receive your first dose from us, you will be contacted about scheduling your second dose.

 

While there are no current plans for public vaccination clinics, please keep watching our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and this website for any details on clinics for the future. You can also learn more here: Lexington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information. Please note: the vaccine is NOT available at the health department.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you want to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccination response, please sign up through the Medical Reserve Corp!

Have Vaccine questions? You can read a transcript of our January 13 Vaccine Clinic Facebook live for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.

City of Lexington’s Vaccination Information

Please visit here to learn more about the City of Lexington’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Kentucky State COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please visit the state’s COVID-19 website for more information on Kentucky’s vaccination distribution plan: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine.

Legal Statement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), set forth guidance on managing and administering COVID-19 vaccinations in situations where supply falls short of demand. This guidance establishes “phases,” or an order in which different groups of people will receive the limited supply of vaccine. The purpose behind these phases is to: (i) maximize safety and effectiveness, (ii) reduce the transmission, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 disease; (iii) help minimize disruption to society and the economy; and (iv) ensure equity in vaccine allocation and distribution.  To achieve these goals, ACIP: (i) conducted several public meetings and sought input from the National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine; (ii) conducted a review of listed academic reports; (iii) reviewed international recommendations and evidence; and (iv) considered additional public input through focus groups, surveys, public group submissions and public comment through the Federal Register.  ACIP has provided this guidance and encouraged public and private entities to follow it. ACIP’s guidance can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/covid-19.html.

Kentucky, like other states and most parts of the world as whole, does not currently have enough vaccine to administer to every Kentucky citizen that wants or needs it. As a result, Kentucky state and local governments, medical facilities, and other private and public institutions are forced to determine in what order and to whom the limited supplies of vaccine will be distributed.  Kentucky’s Department for Public Health, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and numerous state and federal agencies have adopted ACIP’s guidance and are following it as the best method for achieving the goals described above. These same entities are strongly advising others to follow it as part of their vaccine distribution efforts. Further, the CDC requires providers such as LFCHD to abide by ACIP’s recommendations (including the phases referenced above) as a condition for receiving vaccine doses to distribute.

Thus, absent proof of circumstances that warrant deviation from the prescribed phases, or evidence-supported changes in the recommendations from ACIP, LFCHD will continue to use best efforts to follow the guidance set forth by ACIP. At the present time, in light of the limited vaccine supply it has received, LFCHD is only administering the vaccine to those individuals described in phases 1(a) of the ACIP guidance. For these reasons, LFCHD is unable to fulfill all requests at this time but hopes to be able to provide others the opportunity to receive the vaccine in the near future. Please continue to monitor public announcements from LFCHD and the state and federal agencies that are working to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible, as these announcements will contain (i) additional information about the vaccine; (ii) distribution progress and upcoming availability to different groups of individuals, and (iii) any changes that may occur to adjust the schedule of distribution.