Kentucky’s health departments are getting a boost in COVID-19 vaccine supplies.The news was announced during Gov. Andy Beshear’s Thursday briefing. The governor has been providing routine updates about vaccine supplies, and the need to get an adequate framework set up ahead of the state opening up distribution to the general public.While vaccines are still only going out to people 70 and older, Beshear’s administration has been working to set up regional vaccination sites, and work with district and county health departments to get more of those people vaccinated so the state can move to the next phase.Here’s how the boost will work:Every district and county health department will receive a vaccine allocation equivalent to 1% of the population of each county they serve, which will be rounded to the nearest 100 and a minimum allocation of 100 doses per county.While it isn’t a significant boost, Kentucky health officials recognize progress is being made after a sluggish rollout. The federal government has also committed to doing its part to increase allocations to each state.“The quantities are insufficient. The vaccine quantities, overall, are not enough for the task, but this is still incremental progress,” Dr. Steven Stack said.Doses will be provided on Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, and second doses will arrive four weeks later for the health departments. Ninety percent of doses must be administered within the week. Doses should be used to vaccinate the 70+ age group.

Kentucky’s health departments are getting a boost in COVID-19 vaccine supplies.

The news was announced during Gov. Andy Beshear’s Thursday briefing. The governor has been providing routine updates about vaccine supplies, and the need to get an adequate framework set up ahead of the state opening up distribution to the general public.

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While vaccines are still only going out to people 70 and older, Beshear’s administration has been working to set up regional vaccination sites, and work with district and county health departments to get more of those people vaccinated so the state can move to the next phase.

Here’s how the boost will work:

Every district and county health department will receive a vaccine allocation equivalent to 1% of the population of each county they serve, which will be rounded to the nearest 100 and a minimum allocation of 100 doses per county.

While it isn’t a significant boost, Kentucky health officials recognize progress is being made after a sluggish rollout. The federal government has also committed to doing its part to increase allocations to each state.

“The quantities are insufficient. The vaccine quantities, overall, are not enough for the task, but this is still incremental progress,” Dr. Steven Stack said.

Doses will be provided on Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, and second doses will arrive four weeks later for the health departments. Ninety percent of doses must be administered within the week. Doses should be used to vaccinate the 70+ age group.

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