Louisville will open a “mass vaccination” site next week, according to Mayor Greg Fischer.He and Metro Health interim Medical Director Dr. Sarah Beth Hartlage made the announcement on Tuesday.They said the site will be at Broadbent Arena, which is on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center. It will open Monday morning.For now, the vaccinations will be limited to people in the Phase 1A group, which includes health care workers, EMTs and medical first responders. Hartlage said she expects about 1,000 vaccinations to take place next week, with those numbers ramping up to between 1,000 and 1,200 a day in the next couple of weeks.More than 200 volunteers will take part in running the vaccination site.Hartlage said it’s a drive-thru site and semi-indoors, making it safe and conducive with the cold weather. It’s also easy access for Louisville’s diverse community, she said.Hartlage was asked when she thought the vaccine might be available to the general public, and she predicted no earlier than summer, but possibly as late as the end of 2021 if there are only two vaccine options. Currently, only two are being dispensed: one made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, the other by Moderna.But the candidate made by Novavax Inc. is the fifth to reach final-stage testing in the United States.The governor of Kentucky laid out more of the state’s vaccine plan on Monday, saying he hopes to get most long-term care and assisted living residents vaccinated by early March. Once Kentucky gets a handle on front-line workers and those in long-term or assisted living, the next group of residents will include a wider range of ages. The next phase (1B) will be people 70 years and older, first responders and K-12 school personnel.Hartlage said group 1C includes adults over the age of 18 who have medical conditions. Teachers will likely start getting the vaccines by the end of January, according to Hartlage.

Louisville will open a “mass vaccination” site next week, according to Mayor Greg Fischer.

He and Metro Health interim Medical Director Dr. Sarah Beth Hartlage made the announcement on Tuesday.

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They said the site will be at Broadbent Arena, which is on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center. It will open Monday morning.

For now, the vaccinations will be limited to people in the Phase 1A group, which includes health care workers, EMTs and medical first responders.

Hartlage said she expects about 1,000 vaccinations to take place next week, with those numbers ramping up to between 1,000 and 1,200 a day in the next couple of weeks.

More than 200 volunteers will take part in running the vaccination site.

Hartlage said it’s a drive-thru site and semi-indoors, making it safe and conducive with the cold weather. It’s also easy access for Louisville’s diverse community, she said.

Hartlage was asked when she thought the vaccine might be available to the general public, and she predicted no earlier than summer, but possibly as late as the end of 2021 if there are only two vaccine options.

Currently, only two are being dispensed: one made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, the other by Moderna.

But the candidate made by Novavax Inc. is the fifth to reach final-stage testing in the United States.

The governor of Kentucky laid out more of the state’s vaccine plan on Monday, saying he hopes to get most long-term care and assisted living residents vaccinated by early March.

Once Kentucky gets a handle on front-line workers and those in long-term or assisted living, the next group of residents will include a wider range of ages.

The next phase (1B) will be people 70 years and older, first responders and K-12 school personnel.

Hartlage said group 1C includes adults over the age of 18 who have medical conditions.

Teachers will likely start getting the vaccines by the end of January, according to Hartlage.

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