While it may have not been the easiest process to rollout, Kentucky is seeing improvements in getting COVID-19 vaccines to people and now the state is hoping regional centers will help fill in the gaps and prove beneficial as more residents get their shots.Over the past four weeks, more than 362,000 Kentuckians have received their first shot of the vaccine. The state first began with frontline health care workers and those most at risk: The elderly in assisted living centers and long-term care facilities.Now, with promising numbers in getting Kentuckians their vaccines, the commonwealth is slowly beginning to roll out the process of expanding accessibility to others who are as vulnerable, whether it be because of age, health status or profession.Still, all the work that’s gone into boosting Kentucky’s vaccination efforts depends solely on the amount of supply from the federal government. And for some health care workers, it couldn’t come sooner with the fears of COVID-19 variants lingering.According to Kentucky officials, 34 regional vaccination centers are being set up across the commonwealth with a goal of vaccinating more than 250,000 per week. The locations for the centers were chosen after reviewing population density and equity, plus the drive time for those needing to get their doses.”The goal is that no one will have to drive more than one county away to get a vaccine,” said Jim Gray, who is overseeing the vaccination distribution project. “Now we’re not there yet, but that is the goal.”The Kentucky Horse Park is one of the vaccination sites that are opening Tuesday. Appointments for the site are already full but officials are urging patience as they ramp up the process and receiving larger shipments of the vaccine.Gray said he’s optimistic about the work the centers will be doing once more of them begin going online, but he cautioned that not everything may go as planned. That’s because the state is still relying on making sure it gets adequate supplies from the federal government.And while Kentucky awaits more shipments of vaccines, the question also turns to, who’s next in the commonwealth? Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is on track to be the fastest state to vaccinate all educators who wanted the shot by the end of the week.Next up will be Phase 1C, which will include university and daycare employees, among other essential workers. The governor said those vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks once the state gets through the growing demand from those 70 and older.Beshear also said that the state is working on digital waiting lists to make the process more fluid. He also hopes Phase 1C vaccinations will happen more often at hospitals and local health departments rather than at the regional sites.Check out the video in the player above to hear more about the efforts.

While it may have not been the easiest process to rollout, Kentucky is seeing improvements in getting COVID-19 vaccines to people and now the state is hoping regional centers will help fill in the gaps and prove beneficial as more residents get their shots.

Over the past four weeks, more than 362,000 Kentuckians have received their first shot of the vaccine. The state first began with frontline health care workers and those most at risk: The elderly in assisted living centers and long-term care facilities.

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Now, with promising numbers in getting Kentuckians their vaccines, the commonwealth is slowly beginning to roll out the process of expanding accessibility to others who are as vulnerable, whether it be because of age, health status or profession.

Still, all the work that’s gone into boosting Kentucky’s vaccination efforts depends solely on the amount of supply from the federal government. And for some health care workers, it couldn’t come sooner with the fears of COVID-19 variants lingering.

According to Kentucky officials, 34 regional vaccination centers are being set up across the commonwealth with a goal of vaccinating more than 250,000 per week. The locations for the centers were chosen after reviewing population density and equity, plus the drive time for those needing to get their doses.

“The goal is that no one will have to drive more than one county away to get a vaccine,” said Jim Gray, who is overseeing the vaccination distribution project. “Now we’re not there yet, but that is the goal.”

The Kentucky Horse Park is one of the vaccination sites that are opening Tuesday. Appointments for the site are already full but officials are urging patience as they ramp up the process and receiving larger shipments of the vaccine.

Gray said he’s optimistic about the work the centers will be doing once more of them begin going online, but he cautioned that not everything may go as planned. That’s because the state is still relying on making sure it gets adequate supplies from the federal government.

And while Kentucky awaits more shipments of vaccines, the question also turns to, who’s next in the commonwealth? Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is on track to be the fastest state to vaccinate all educators who wanted the shot by the end of the week.

Next up will be Phase 1C, which will include university and daycare employees, among other essential workers. The governor said those vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks once the state gets through the growing demand from those 70 and older.

Beshear also said that the state is working on digital waiting lists to make the process more fluid. He also hopes Phase 1C vaccinations will happen more often at hospitals and local health departments rather than at the regional sites.

Check out the video in the player above to hear more about the efforts.

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