Kentucky has made some changes to its vaccine distribution plan to help speed up COVID-19 immunizations, a process that has been dragging across the country.Gov. Beshear said during his first live COVID-19 briefing of the new year that he’s not pleased with the current national rollout of the vaccines, including here in Kentucky.While he’s pressing the federal government to do better with vaccine distribution, he’s hoping Kentucky can step in by making changes to its own rollout plan.In the player below: Kentucky makes changes to COVID-19 vaccine rollout to help speed up distributionThe big change is that there will be some leeway for distributors administering the vaccine. Here’s what that means for Kentuckians.The commonwealth is currently working through phase 1A of its distribution plan, which includes vaccinating those in long-term care facilities and health care personnel.But due to restrictions prioritizing those in the current group, distributors haven’t been allowed to give vaccines to others waiting in line.Now, to help speed up distribution, Kentucky will allow distributors to move extra vaccine doses to those in the next phase if there are extra doses.This means that if a distributor is vaccinating those in Phase 1A, but has more doses than needed, it can move to 1B individuals, but return to 1A when they receive their next shipment.When the commonwealth fully moves to 1B, if there are extra doses at a distribution site, those doses will be able to go to 1C until the current shipment of doses run out.Then distributors will have to return to the current statewide phase when they receive new shipments of doses. Beshear said the goal here is to ensure that 90 percent of all vaccines received in the state are administered within seven days.Beshear and the state’s health officials said they hope this guidance will help speed up distribution and avoid any confusion about what to do with extra vaccine doses.In addition to the new distribution guidance, Kentucky listed all phases of its vaccine rollout for the first time, including when more of the general public could expect to begin receiving vaccines. Phase 1C includes those over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with health conditions and all essential workers: those in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing and grocery store workers, among others.More of the general public will begin receiving the vaccine once the state moves into phase 2. That would include anyone over the age of 40.Kentucky officials said the goal is to make January more of a ramp-up to identify more health care personnel who have yet to receive vaccines.The state is also sticking to a goal of getting all of its nursing home population vaccinated by the beginning of March. Check out the video to learn more about the rollout.

Kentucky has made some changes to its vaccine distribution plan to help speed up COVID-19 immunizations, a process that has been dragging across the country.

Gov. Beshear said during his first live COVID-19 briefing of the new year that he’s not pleased with the current national rollout of the vaccines, including here in Kentucky.

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While he’s pressing the federal government to do better with vaccine distribution, he’s hoping Kentucky can step in by making changes to its own rollout plan.

In the player below: Kentucky makes changes to COVID-19 vaccine rollout to help speed up distribution

The big change is that there will be some leeway for distributors administering the vaccine. Here’s what that means for Kentuckians.

The commonwealth is currently working through phase 1A of its distribution plan, which includes vaccinating those in long-term care facilities and health care personnel.

But due to restrictions prioritizing those in the current group, distributors haven’t been allowed to give vaccines to others waiting in line.

Now, to help speed up distribution, Kentucky will allow distributors to move extra vaccine doses to those in the next phase if there are extra doses.

This means that if a distributor is vaccinating those in Phase 1A, but has more doses than needed, it can move to 1B individuals, but return to 1A when they receive their next shipment.

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When the commonwealth fully moves to 1B, if there are extra doses at a distribution site, those doses will be able to go to 1C until the current shipment of doses run out.

Then distributors will have to return to the current statewide phase when they receive new shipments of doses. Beshear said the goal here is to ensure that 90 percent of all vaccines received in the state are administered within seven days.

Beshear and the state’s health officials said they hope this guidance will help speed up distribution and avoid any confusion about what to do with extra vaccine doses.

In addition to the new distribution guidance, Kentucky listed all phases of its vaccine rollout for the first time, including when more of the general public could expect to begin receiving vaccines.

Phase 1C includes those over the age of 60, anyone older than 16 with health conditions and all essential workers: those in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing and grocery store workers, among others.

More of the general public will begin receiving the vaccine once the state moves into phase 2. That would include anyone over the age of 40.

Kentucky officials said the goal is to make January more of a ramp-up to identify more health care personnel who have yet to receive vaccines.

The state is also sticking to a goal of getting all of its nursing home population vaccinated by the beginning of March.

Check out the video to learn more about the rollout.

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