Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

(En español) It’s time to protect your family, your friends and yourself with the safe, effective COVID-19 bivalent booster! If you got your last primary or booster dose at least 2 months ago, you can get the new booster for protection against the original strain and the Omicron variant.

UPDATED Sept. 6, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months and older are free by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday by calling 859-288-2483. For ages 6 months-17 years, a legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Boosters: For people ages 5 years and older, the only authorized mRNA booster is the updated (bivalent) booster. People ages 5 years and older can no longer get the original (monovalent) mRNA booster. The Pfizer booster is for ages 5 and older, and the Moderna booster is for ages 18 and older. The boosters are free by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday by calling 859-288-2483. For ages 12-17, a legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Public Health Clinic

(En español) The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department continues to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to the community.

The Moderna vaccine for ages 6 months-5 years is available for free by same-day appointment in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday! A legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot. To complete the series, a second dose will be given after four weeks; you must call to schedule at that time.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to reduce the negative impact of this pandemic in all age groups. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more than 13.5 million children in the U.S. have been infected with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, and although most children experience mild symptoms, more than 42,000 have been hospitalized in the U.S. and at least 1,240 children aged 18 and younger have died.

The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group. Parents are strongly encouraged to have their infants and young children vaccinated with either vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is widely available throughout Lexington and can be found at www.vaccines.gov/search.

The AAP shares this about side effects: “The same side effects that we see with routine childhood vaccines have been seen in the studies of these vaccines. They are things like soreness and redness where the shot goes in. Some babies and children don’t feel well later in the day of the shot or on the next day. A small number of vaccinated children get fever—and very few get high fever. Usually, it lasts only a day or two. Thousands of children were in the studies, and there were no children with serious allergic reactions, heart inflammation or other serious problems related to the vaccines that may worry (caregivers).”

Learn more about the vaccine in this FAQ from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/covid-vaccines-for-kids-6-months-and-older-faqs-for-families.aspx.

COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 and older are also free by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday by calling 859-288-2483. For ages 6 months-17, a legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Learn more about the vaccine in this FAQ from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/covid-vaccines-for-kids-6-months-and-older-faqs-for-families.aspx.

Information

We will complete a vaccination series for someone whose first dose was given elsewhere. Vaccines will not be be given to those who are not feeling well or have not yet recovered from a current COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 vaccination is free, but your insurance will be billed for an administration fee. There will be no cost directly to you. You do not need insurance to get the free vaccine.

Thank you for your interest in getting vaccinated. If you need assistance, please call our call center at 859-899-2222.

Free Transportation

If you need help getting to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, Project Ricochet can help! This community partner is providing FREE transportation to homebound people to our Public Health Clinic or other vaccine providers in Lexington. For help, please contact Barbara Care Inc. at 859-251-5494 or info@barbaracare.com. Visit www.barbaracare.com for more information.

Fight the Bite: eliminate mosquitoes this summer

This summer, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department plans to control mosquito populations in the community by bringing increased focus to eliminating standing water and preventing mosquito larvae from hatching. At the same time, the department will use mosquito trapping to identify areas where spraying for adult mosquitos would be most useful.

The health department has surveyed Lexington neighborhoods to identify and treat large areas of standing water that can serve as prime locations for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Elimination of standing water is the ultimate goal, but in places where puddles exist, the water can be treated to kill mosquito larvae with a chemical called a larvicide.

“We are increasing activities to kill mosquito larvae in areas where standing water cannot be drained,” said Luke Mathis, Environmental Health and Preparedness team leader at LFCHD.  “Targeting immature mosquitoes is a more effective control strategy as it stops mosquitoes from developing into adults that can feed on humans and transmit mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile.”

The health department will no longer conduct routine mosquito spraying for adult mosquitoes throughout the city on a regular cycle. Instead, mosquito traps will be placed in potential problem areas. If a certain threshold of mosquito activity is reached, the department will conduct targeted spraying in the appropriate areas. Those areas will be announced via the health department’s website, www.lfchd.org, and social media pages.

For spraying, the health department uses Duet, an EPA-approved agent that features a component that stimulates resting mosquitoes in trees and foliage, causing them to fly into the air and come into contact with the spray’s mosquito-killing agent, sumithrin. Duet has been rigorously tested for human and animal safety and is registered for outdoor residential and recreational areas.

Lexington residents can also take steps at home to fight mosquitoes:

● Mosquito-proof your home and yard. Fix or install window and door screens. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Cover or eliminate empty containers with standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items such as tires, buckets, barrels and cans. Refresh the water in your pet’s water dishes and birdbaths at least every five to seven days.

● Be aware of peak mosquito activity times. The twilight hours around dusk and dawn are times of peak mosquito activity. Use insect repellent when outdoors especially during peak activity times, including early morning hours. Look for EPA-labeled repellents containing active ingredients, such as DEET, Picaridin (KBR3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol). Apply repellent according to label instructions. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks outdoors. Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent helps prevent bites.

“The battle against mosquitoes starts at every residence in Fayette County,” Mathis said. “By eliminating standing water, even something as small a capful of rain in your yard, you can remove areas for mosquitoes to lay eggs. It’s important for people to walk around their homes to see what they can do to help curb the mosquito population.”

To report a standing water problem in your neighborhood, please call the health department’s Environmental Health section at (859) 231-9791. For additional information, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth.

COVID-19 vaccine opportunities

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is offering two COVID-19 vaccine opportunities this week! The vaccine is FREE and available for anyone ages 18 and older who lives or works in Lexington. Walk-ins are accepted!

Moderna vaccine

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Walk-ins accepted, and appointments can be made at tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=AC7164C399ECD46B7ACCBA98814CB690.
    • This link is not for anyone needing a second dose of the Moderna vaccine – the health department contacts you directly to schedule a second dose.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Humbaugh receives career achievement award

Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh received the Elbert “Al” Austin Jr. Career Achievement Award from the Kentucky Public Health Association! Dr. Humbaugh has been Lexington’s commissioner of health since 2016.

The following is the nomination submitted for Dr. Humbaugh.

Full disclosure: if Dr. Kraig Humbaugh wins this award, he will place all the credit on his staff.

That’s true in his current role as Commissioner of Health of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, where he has served since 2016 (and is leaving this summer), and in numerous roles throughout the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Anyone who has worked with Dr. Humbaugh knows he is the first to take the blame for anything bad and to pass the credit for anything good.

The Elbert “Al” Austin Jr. Career Achievement Award is to honor a person “who remains humble among peers yet towers above the rest in achievements,” and if it is possible to do that AND tower about being humble, Dr. Humbaugh is doing just that.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Humbaugh has used his expertise in epidemiology to help the community better understand the data. There’s not a job he’s not been part of during the response, and it’s not just the long hours he puts in that staff notice – they also see him actively talking to almost everyone who walks through our COVID-19 vaccination clinic, holding doors for them, giving them advice and answering every question they toss at him.

Fortunately for Lexington, that type of leadership existed long before the worldwide pandemic. Dr. Humbaugh has extensive experience in public health, including epidemiology of communicable diseases, emergency preparedness and response, as well as a background as a pediatrician. He describes himself as a “prevention-oriented, data-driven public health physician and epidemiologist.”

Dr. Humbaugh has served as the state health department’s director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning. He previously served as medical director for the Louisville Metro Health Department where he also was the interim director of health. He began his medical career as a pediatrician, which included a year in Russia.

Dr. Humbaugh earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from Yale University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago in New Zealand and received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

He brought all of that to Lexington and immediately began to think of how to improve our outreach and health equity. He is devoted to diversity and works daily to remind that diversity in all types (race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, gender and more) is crucial to public health’s mission. In Lexington, he used that to develop our core values: CARES (Caring, Accountability, Respect, Equity and Service), so that every person in Lexington is treated with the value they deserve.

It is that leadership that makes Dr. Humbaugh deserving of honors from the Kentucky Public Health Association. He will humbly accept, and we will proudly celebrate with him. 

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) clinic update

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, April 16, has been CANCELED following the CDC and FDA review of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Details about any future clinics will be shared when available. This does not affect anyone who is due to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine from us.

More information about other vaccination opportunities are available at https://www.lexingtonky.gov/vaccines.

En español

La clínica de vacunación del COVID-19 programada para el viernes 16 de abril, ha sido cancelada tras la revisión de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) por la CDC y FDA. Los detalles sobre las futuras clínicas se compartirán cuando estén disponibles. Esto no afecta a nadie que deba recibir su segunda dosis de la vacuna Moderna de parte nuestra.

LFHCD maintains national accreditation with Public Health Accreditation Board

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department today announced it has successfully completed a review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The nonprofit PHAB works to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation. In maintaining its accreditation status for another five years, LFHCD has demonstrated that it meets PHAB’s quality standards and measures and has the capacity to continue to evolve, improve and advance, thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the residents of Lexington.

PHAB’s accreditation program, which receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board for achieving its national standards, demonstrating that the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department continues to set the bar high in our efforts to help Lexington be well,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “The health department’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic further affirms our commitment to the health of all Lexington residents. Through the data we share, the policies we promote, and the services we provide, LFCHD shows the value we bring to the community each day.”

LFCHD achieved national initial accreditation status through PHAB on Feb. 17 after undergoing a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of quality standards and measures. Compliance Officer Katrina Howard oversaw LFCHD’s submission. Today’s announcement goes a step further by demonstrating that LFCHD has the capacity to become increasingly effective at improving the health of Lexington.

“We are extremely pleased to be at the point in the accreditation program where the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, along with many others, are successfully maintaining their five-year accreditation status through PHAB,” said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. “In so doing, these health departments are assuring their communities that the value of accreditation is long-term – not a one-time recognition – and that continual improvement is the hallmark of a 21st century organization.”

Often called the “backbone” of the public health system, public health departments are on the front lines of communities’ efforts to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury. PHAB-accredited health departments demonstrate great leadership by placing their work for peer review, with the goal of using the feedback obtained during the process to improve the services they provide to their communities.

Gaines & Consolidated Baptist named 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Heroes

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Pastor Richard Gaines and Consolidated Baptist Church as the 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero award winners. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021).

Gaines and Consolidated were recognized for their long-standing help to Lexington through allowing the church gymnasium as a site for the health department’s annual free flu shot clinic in 2016 and 2017, along with a drive-thru clinic in the parking lot in October 2020. That experience led to the health department launching COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Consolidated, located at 1625 Russell Cave Road, on Dec. 23, 2020, with weekly clinics ever since. This has been without a charge to the department or the public.

Gaines, the Consolidated staff and volunteers work with the health department each week to make sure every need is met for those getting vaccinated. This includes allowing the health department to store basic equipment, which removes the need for set-up/take-down each week. This saves at least four hours every time a clinic is held.

Additionally, Gaines and Consolidated work with the City of Lexington, Mayor Linda Gorton’s office, faith-based leaders and other community organizations to help spread the word about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Consolidated Baptist Church has been a significant partner in ‘helping Lexington be well,’” a nomination stated, referencing the health department’s mission.

Gaines and Consolidated will be recognized at the April 12 Board of Health meeting, held via Zoom. They will also be honored April 22 during a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting.

Previously known as the Public Health Hero Award, the Board of Health renamed the award in 2016 in memory of the late Dr. Rice C. Leach, Lexington’s former Commissioner of Health who spent more than 50 years as a public health physician. Leach died April 1, 2016.

Past winners include Jon Parker (2020), Mark Johnson (2019), Dr. Svetla Slavova (2018), Reginald Thomas (2017), Dr. Rice C. Leach (2016), Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn (2015), the Rev. Willis Polk and Baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2012); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Información y Enlace de Registro Para la Vacuna del COVID-19 (1 Dosis)

Clínica de Vacunación-Fase 1A, 1B y 1C (enlace de registro abajo)

El Departamento de Salud de Lexington-Condado de Fayette proveerá una clínica de vacunación del COVID-19 solo para personas con citas 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 17 de marzo en la Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. No se aceptarán personas sin cita. Para la Fase 1C, el estado le ha pedido a la comunidad que se le dé prioridad a las personas de 60 años o más que enfrentan un mayor riesgo de mortalidad por el COVID-19. La clínica está limitada para aquellos mayores de 18 años que viven o trabajan en Lexington.

Información de Registro

  • Cada persona DEBE registrarse por adelantado en: https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=C674C13A7AF796EA9C68A9FCAE50B013&lang=sp. Este enlace cambiará cada semana. 
  • Este enlace es SÓLO para aquellos que reciben su primera dosis. Esta será la vacuna de Moderna.
  • Solo una persona puede registrarse por cuenta: todos los que se registren deben introducir un número de teléfono o un correo electrónico.
  • La registración se cerrará cuando todas las citas estén llenas. Todas las personas que asistan a la clínica DEBEN estar registradas por adelantado.

La vacuna NO se le administrará aquellos que ya hayan recibido una vacuna del COVID-19, hayan sido vacunados con cualquier otra vacuna dentro de los 14 días anteriores a la vacunación, y aquellos que no se sientan bien o aún no se hayan recuperado de una infección actual de COVID-19.

La vacuna del COVID-19 es gratuita, pero su plan médico se facturará por el costo de la tarifa de administración. No habrá  ningún costo directamente para usted.

Si se registra, asegúrese de presentarse a recibir la vacuna para que no se desperdicie ninguna dosis.

Gracias por su interés en vacunarse. Cuando llegue el momento de su segunda dosis, le enviaremos una notificación. Si necesita ayuda, llame a nuestro centro de llamadas al 859-899-2222.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Data

UPDATE June 7, 2021: Demographic information for our COVID-19 vaccination clinics will now be available monthly. Click on each image for a high-quality version. You can also see updated information from the CDC Data Tracker.

The latest information showing the demographic data for our weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics is now available. Click on each image for a high-quality version.

UPDATE April 6, 2021: The latest information showing the demographic data for our weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics is now available. Click on each image for a high-quality version.

UPDATE March 1, 2021: We continue to follow the federal/state guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The clinics have been expanded to include anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Lexington.

Additional information, including a legal statement, can be found here: COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

LFCHD First-Time Dose Information

UPDATE March 9, 2021: Here’s a look at first-time dose information from previous weeks:

  • Week of Dec. 21: 1,500 received, 591 given (we held a small clinic this week because of the Christmas holiday and to test our ability to expand in future weeks; doses were carried over to the following week)
  • Week of Dec. 28: 700 received, 931 given
  • Week of Jan. 4: 800 received, 1,309 given
  • Week of Jan. 11: 2,000 received, 1,994 given
  • Week of Jan. 18: 1,200 received, 1,350 given
  • Week of Jan. 25: 1,000 received, 1,234 given
  • Week of Feb. 1: 700 received, 737 given
  • Week of Feb. 8: 500 received (does not include 600 provided to Baptist Health Lexington), 415 given (includes LFCHD doses only)
  • Week of Feb. 15: 0 received (shipments were delayed because of ice/snow storms), 129 given (using 2nd-time doses until new shipment arrived)
  • Week of Feb. 22: 550 received (does not include 1,050 provided to Baptist Health Lexington), 435 given (includes LFCHD doses only; remaining 115 were used as 2nd doses after borrowing from inventory last week due to snow/ice storms).
  • Week of March 1: 800 received, 810 given 
  • Week of March 8: 800 received, 829 given
  • Week of March 15: 800 received, 817 given
  • Week of March 22: 950 received, 876 given
  • Week of March 29: 1,200 received, 789 given
  • Week of April 5: 800 received, 841 given
  • Week of April 12: 400 received (Johnson & Johnson; clinic canceled), 69 given (Moderna doses taken from second dose supply)
  • Week of April 19: 400 received, 174 given
  • Week of April 26: 300 received, 166 given
  • Week of May 3: 0 received, 241 given
  • Week of May 10: 0 received, 55 given

The difference of more doses given than received is from “bonus/angel doses” in some of the vials.

Kentucky’s Regional Vaccination Clinic Information

Updated Jan. 28, 2021: Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced the state’s first regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics, including at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, 4089 Ironworks Pike, Lexington. The clinics start at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. This for Phase 1B ages 70 and older. 

Registration starts at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kroger.com/CovidVaccine. Note: we are not responsible for this site and cannot answer questions about the process or clinics. State vaccine information can be found at vaccine.ky.gov or 855-598-2246.

Updated Jan. 15, 2021: Mayor Linda Gorton and the City of Lexington launched a new site with information about the vaccine rollout: Lexington COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

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

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions