Louisville vaccination sites now taking appointments for Phase 1B
Okay, well, we all know the story by now. You know, for the first nine months or so of the Kobe 19 crisis, we were on defense the whole time. And we’ve just been eager for good news as we’ve gone through this and tragically, we’ve seen so many infections now over 700 deaths in Louisville area approaching 400,000 for the country. And it’s been tough. It’s been tough on a lot of families the pain that’s been inflicted upon them in our communities here. But we got great news in December with the arrival of the vaccines, and the development of vaccines was quick. It was fishing. It was fact based. It was science space. And as more and more people see other folks getting vaccines, they’re realizing it’s safe. And people are now saying, I want to get the vaccine as well. So we’ve been been able to overcome quite a bit of the skepticism that some people had about vaccines is more and more people get the vaccine. So we’re very grateful for that because we need 75 85% of the city to get vaccinated so we can have herd immunity and that will be obviously in the coming months. But we’re moving toward that, so we’re very gratified for that. It’s appropriate. We’re going on the offense right here in Broadbent Arena, where there’s been some great basketball games in here back in the day. You know, last week was our first week. Our goal was 1000 way did 2000, and then we’re doubling that again this week. We’ll have about 4000 people vaccinated coming through here this week. So it’s been wonderful progress for that. And I’m incredibly proud of what’s happening. We’re really distinguishing ourselves amongst the cities of America and the states of America with what we’re doing with getting these vaccines out as quickly as we possibly can. And I really want to salute our team at the Department of Public Health. Dr. Moyer, our leader. Thank you so much for doing this. And Dr Sarabeth Heartland, who is leading the effort out here, is well, thes ladies air cool under fire. They like a challenge, and they’re going to take us to even greater heights with our vaccine program is well, so we really appreciate that should note that Dr Mayer has been on president elect a Biden’s transition team with advice on how to administer the vaccine. And, of course, last night, with President elect Biden’s announcement, you saw a major major increase in focus on our ability to quickly get out the vaccine to MAWR and more people all across America. So that’s very exciting to see what those prospects could be in terms of getting America healthy, getting each one of us healthy, our families healthy. And of course, that helps to reopen the economy very aggressively as well. So that’s gonna all have to work through Congress. But hopefully that will be done in the early weeks of the Biden administration. So Mawr help will be coming to the people of Louisville and the people of America. A swell. So bottom line is way got momentum. It’s always good to have mo on your side. So as we move forward with this, we’re excited about people in Louisville getting healthy and getting back to work, doing all the things that we usedto be able to just take for granted. So with that, I’ll turn things over to Dr Sarabeth heartless. She’s gonna talk about the specifics of the work we’ve done here. Broadbent Arena and the good news coming ahead as well. That Charles Thank you, Mayor. I’m going to begin by announcing that our site here at Luvox gave its 5000 dose yesterday and we’ll cross over the 6000 total mark later today. That number is specific to this site, and our numbers across the metro area, including our hospital partners, are nearing 30,000 doses. Um, as a reminder, are projected output today. By today was 3000. So we’re proud to say that we’re continuing to exceed expectations, keeping pace with our state allocations and distributing at least 90% of our allocation on a weekly basis. Um, as a community, our distribution of the vaccine has been orderly and efficient, and we’re grateful to our healthcare partners from Norton Healthcare, ufl Health and Baptist Health for joining with us in the fight to make our city safe from cove it. All of our local vaccine providers have been limiting their appointments to date two tier one A personnel which are health care workers and medical first responders like E. M. T. S and paramedics. Today we’re announcing that we’re nearing the end of that stage, and as a community we will begin transitioning to Tier one B next week. Tier one B includes some important groups, and I’m going to specifically address each of them now, Um, the first is non medical first responders, critical utility workers and corrections personnel. Um, they’ve already been contacted and are scheduled for appointments at the loop back site next week. Likewise, we’ve been in communication with our local education leaders, and we’re excited to announce that the first educators the first teachers from our city will be vaccinated here at this site one week from today. On January 22nd, the efforts to vaccinate educators will then continue for several weeks. Given the size of this group, it’ll take us a while to get through them all. Um, finally, Tier one B also includes adults over the age of 70 and our healthcare partners at the hospitals will be vaccinating the lion’s share of this group. The first appointments will be available on Tuesday, January 19th, with sign ups beginning today. Beginning this morning, you can visit our website at Louisville, kyi dot gov slash cove in 19 and click on the big green vaccine button to sign up for an appointment. You will find links to directly schedule an appointment with Norton Baptist or U of L for adults over the age of 70. And if you’ve already signed up on our interest list, this information is also being emailed to you directly this morning. A couple of things to note about this process. All sites are operating by appointment only. There are no walk in appointments. The number of appointments is limited and is based on the supply of vaccine that the metro area is receiving from the state. We anticipate the number of available appointments for 70 plus individuals, uh, being approximately 10,000 per week via this program. But we do know that there are over 100,000 people in this age group. Locally, there are over 30,000 of them on our interest list already. Please be patient. All sites will be dispensing vaccine as quickly as they receive it, and we will scale up this program as supply allows us to do so. If you cannot schedule an appointment right now due to availability, if everything is full, you can still join the interest list on our website and we will communicate with you when MAWR appointments become available. If you have questions, you can contact the Louisville Metro Covert Hotline for assistance. When it’s time for your appointment, please bring your confirmation with you to the site. There is no direct cost to you, but you should bring your insurance card, including Medicare. Um, you may be asked for identification identification to verify your age on arrival. Um, once again as a reminder, all sites, including this one and the hospitals are operating by appointment only, and there are no walk up appointments available. We’re pleased to see how many members of our community are willing to roll up their sleeves and be vaccinated. And we thank you all for your continued patients as we move through this process as quickly as we can. I’m going to switch gears a little bit now and remind us that none of this is possible without the contribution of our amazing staff and volunteers. You see a lot of them behind me. We’re staffing over 100 volunteers at this site every day. Eso I’m going to turn it over to D. Eleanor Manson, executive director of the Kentucky Nurses Association to talk about the people who make this program run. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. We could not do this program without our volunteers. It takes about 180 people a day to make this site work. Last week we talked about 140. At the rate that we’re going, it’s going to take 200 volunteers for next week. We’re gonna keep administering as many vaccines as we’re administering. We’ve had over 3000 volunteers to volunteer to help us provide the vaccines and to run this clinic. But we still need mawr. So if you have the opportunity, if you have the time, please help us and become a volunteer to help us get the vaccine out. So far, we’ve had 7300 hours off volunteer time to make this clinic work as we think about our volunteers and we appreciate them. We started last week appreciating and, um, rewarding and honoring volunteers. And so this week, we’re going to continue to do that. So our first volunteer that we would like to honor Britney Asher. She was not able to join us today, but I want to make sure we get her name on tape. Sarah Green. She is not able to join us today, but again. Want to make sure that we have her name on the tape, But we have today. Lindsey Johnson. Lindsay, would you come forward? Thank you very much. Job. Well done, George Falk. George. Thank you very much. And Jerry Hettinger. Hi, Jerry. I know that handshake. It’s hard, isn’t it? Thank you very much. We appreciate it now. We’d also like to honor the staff member of the week as well as the volunteer of the week, like Servette. So all of our staff and volunteers are amazing, and this is a very difficult choice. Um, but I do have certificates for the volunteer and staff member of the week. So, uh, volunteer of this week is George Simmons Falk, who helped us redesign our traffic plan in the back. Okay, on our staff member of the week is Miss Jenna Dixon, who is the volunteer coordinator at the Health Department. And I suspect when she took that job, she had no idea that I was gonna ask her to wrangle 3000 volunteers for a mass vaccination site. So thank you, Jennifer. Keeping all of us in line on. I’m gonna pass it back to the mayor. Now, we’ll get a big thanks to all the volunteers. Great show of citizenship. And it’s wonderful to see what Americans can dio when we help each other. Okay? Our next, uh, speakers of invaluable partner to the city, J. C. P s has been through very, very challenging times over these last 10 months trying to navigate themselves through this once in a century pandemic through non traditional instruction, remote learning, trying to make sure every family has got Web access in a hardware so their kids can keep learning. So they have stuck in there and obviously dedicated to helping our kids grow during this very tough times. So news around teachers getting vaccines last week, way inoculated or vaccinated the first day. CPS nurse. I mean, we’re going on offense. Former basketball coach likes playing offense here. Please welcome Marty Polio, superintendent of J C. P. S. This means all right. Thank you, mayor. And it is We were here last Friday and it’s exciting to be here again today as we are getting closer S o. I know we use this term a lot, a lot over the past month. We have a light at the end of the tunnel, but I think that light keeps getting brighter. So I’m pretty excited about the news. And at the end of December, Governor Beshear said that one B would start the first week of February, give or take a week. And usually, you know, you hear some of things like that we were expecting. Well, I guess that’s gonna have to be probably at the end of the first week in February, but were pleasantly surprised. Very, um, happy to note that a week from Friday, even mawr than a week into January we will begin our first employees getting vaccinated. And I just think that says so much about our local health department. What they have done here are state Health department and everybody pitching in. You know, I’m often on calls with superintendents across America, and I’ve said this before. Most large districts across America have been shut down and gone to virtual instruction for nearly the entire year, all the way back toe last march, and most of them don’t have information yet about when K through 12 personnel will be vaccinated so that we can move forward with in person school. Except here in the state of Kentucky is one of the few, and they have value K 12 education. And now we know next Friday, our first, our first teachers. We did have employees last week, our school nurses, but our first non medical personnel will be vaccinated, so I can’t wait to be here next Friday so we can begin that process over that two weeks, we will begin going through all of our schools. Each one will be we’ll have schools reserved. We will be starting with our elementary schools first. So we will be going by schools in alphabetical order, starting with elementary schools, then moved to middle schools and finally our high schools so that we can get through all of our employees and we will have a focus on opening up our primary grades in schools first. That’s why we will start with elementary schools. But we look forward to having all of our employees that requested a vaccine over 13,000 within this two week period. At that time, once we get through the first vaccination, we will continuously report this to our Board of Education. And then we can have a board meeting where we can make recommendations based upon that first vaccination and the booster to follow when I can recommend and we can recommend to our board a reopening scheduled. But we know this is a huge step forward for us and getting there on. We look forward to that. I’m so thankful that we can be on the offense and we can begin to look forward to opening our schools in person now, sooner rather than later. Thank you very much. Let’s be special. Uh, doctor, Sara Moyer, director of our public health and wellness, is gonna close out with a few remarks here. We miss anything, Doctor. Hi. Just want to remind everyone that this is very exciting, Giving a lot of shots. The hope, um, here, through this blue back sight, but we are still in a surge. Were the highest numbers we’ve had in Jefferson County. So, um, please remember, you’re 6 ft of spacing. Try to set a good example where your mask, um, keep activities essential Onley. And if you are privileged to get vaccinated, um, it really is an honor to be out the front of the list. That does not mean that we could change our activities. Please keep doing everything that we need to do until our entire community is vaccinated. And then I hope we could have more good news to share. So thank you for that. And really excited about all the progress we’ve made And the 30,000 people that have been vaccinated in Jefferson County on the more to come in weeks, coming. So awesome. Thanks, man. Okay. Any questions? Yeah, we’ll come to you, and then you maybe a lot. Thanks. I mean, no. Yeah. Dr Hot. So what kind of challenges do we expect with one B roll out specifically? Is it related to the over 70 population both communicating, getting them here in vaccinating? I’m sorry to do this, but can you repeat your question? I can’t hear enough. Did you get the challenge is over 70. Yeah. Um, so one challenge is that a large a large portion of our scheduling, both by us and the hospitals is being done. Um, online. Although there are phone options available, it’s also possible for you to sign up a loved one as long as you have the appropriate information with you. So if you have a parent or a loved one who needs help with that, you can help them get through the process. Um, you’ll need to have their birthdate insurance information, that sort of thing available to you. Um, transportation is an issue for some people, but we’re working with partners across the community to help make that possible. And then thea other issue with the Group of 70 plus is just that. There’s so many of them, Um, and they’re very excited to receive the vaccine. It’s difficult. Thio know who’s going to get to go first in that group and how long it will take us to get through there because it’s a large group but actually wanted to ask Super Exit. Yeah, being vaccine earlier than previously thought as any impact on right get kids back into this person time. Well, the recommendation that I will make to our board I want to reiterate. Once again our board has the legal approval on the authority to make that determination. But yes, my recommendation is obviously based upon when we can go through the vaccination schedule. Onda moving that up a full week and even a few more days, I think will aid us in having a schedule where I could make a recommendation sooner than what I thought. If it was February 5th or seventh in there. So, yes, that’s correct. Do you have a timeline? Well, it will depend on, you know, once again we will see which vaccination it is. One is 21 days. One is 28 days. We believe it’s the Madonna, which is 28 days for the booster on, then seven days following. That is usually what we’ve looked towards, um, to ensure the safety of everyone with the vaccination. So we don’t have that specific date yet, but we know in a board meeting coming up soon. Once we get through that, first, we’ll lay out what that recommendation will look like. I’m sorry. I can’t hear you. What’s my recommendation for them? Well, I think that’s an individual decision for each and every person. Um, you know, I mean, I know I’ll be getting the vaccine as soon as I can, Um, when I’m on the schedule and look forward to that, Um but you know, the and I encourage everyone to. I think I would encourage everyone to. So I don’t have any specific recommendation for a teacher who doesn’t get the vaccine. We’re meeting. Let’s go. Just you say they get sick after this? I’ve already got the next I think, say, don’t have experience when they get it. But with that, like special time, I know there’s no consequences for not having the vaccine. We will recognize the accommodations that need to be given based upon a D. A guidelines. You know, I’m leaving that to the experts. The lawyers who will be going through those were contacting all those who, uh, ask for accommodations in the fall to see if they still need it based on the vaccine. So we’ll be working with them individually. But there wouldn’t be any consequences for not taking the vaccine like like, if you have, the kids will be back in school. This weapons, Um, I’m confident. I mean, I’ll be making that recommendation. Obviously the board will be voting on it. I think they want kids back in school as much as I do. Um, you know, there’s a lot of things we’ve got to work through between now and then, But I’m confident that we will be back in school. Have a timeline plus life. Thanks, my, At the current rate of allocations, it’ll take us probably at least three months to get through all of one be way. Hope that our allocations will increase, and we have the capacity to increase the speed if we have more vaccines to give, um, the teachers and other groups will be accomplished before then. But in terms of getting all the elderly through, probably three months is a reasonable timeline. One C starting in the spring. It’s possible that we could see one c starting in the spring. Um, there may be some overlap. It’s difficult to say exactly. We’re expecting some news on federal level. About what? Those allocations they’re gonna look like. So thes Things were changing every day, and we’re trying to keep up and keep pace with the guidelines. But, uh, we’re probably looking at at least three months for one B and then a transition, maybe a little cross over into one C. Hopefully we get ah, larger allocation and we can go faster than that. Yeah, let me just emphasize on that question to e mean President elect Biden’s announcement last night could really accelerate the amount of vaccines that air coming here. So I would really like for you all to put the emphasis on that so that the administration here’s the public’s demand for more defense. Production Act has not been called into place yet. That’s a strong consideration that they’re going to do amongst many others to really get this vaccine out quicker. So we’re hoping that these were the most conservative estimates that we have Americans. You just a little bit more about the top three. Maybe the federal government could do to speed up global stability of action. Well, right now, we’re quickly passing the point where our ability to vaccinate is greater than the supply that we have coming in. Okay, so number one is increasing the supply. Obviously, a zai mentioned invoking the Defense Production Act would allow that to happen sooner. Two would be allowing us to vaccinate Atmore location. So this is a mass vaccination site here. But what you heard last night was the ability to stand up pharmacies, mobile vaccination centers. We like for people to go to many different places to be ableto get vaccinated as well. So the funding to be able to do that and then also you heard last night tremendous greater commitment to public health and public health workers with the hiring of additional 100,000 public health workers around the country to help with this is Well, so there was a whole menu in there that could really help our country get through this pandemic, which is the key to reopening our economy. So I don’t know if you all want open anything else to that. Okay, exactly. This forest we are now in one having any feeling, all the registration, this vaccinations idea. So our registration appointment spots are tied to the number of vaccines that we have available. So given that we’re filling all of our spots, I will say that both at this site and our hospital partners air experiencing a similar phenomenon, we’re seeing a no show rate between five and 10%. So I would like to emphasize that to the public that if you are lucky enough to get in one of these early groups and have an appointment made, please show up. Because if you’re not gonna come someone else would love to have your spot. Um, so you know, that’s troubling. But if we have any difference between our allocation and the number we give in today, it’s mostly attributable Thio no show rate. Okay, sweet. So it depends on they’ll get an immediate confirmation if you fill out the form. Just saying that your date has been received, and we’re doing that to encourage people to fill it out only one time because we don’t need 20 entries from the same person. But with that said, uh, it depends on who it is and what their criteria are, so we’ll be reaching out to people in groups based on their eligibility. So everyone on the list right now who’s 70 plus will be receiving an email from us today. Um, they should be going out right now, But if you got on the list and you’re 45 that’s totally okay. But it will be a while before someone tells you that you can schedule a vaccine You want to clarify? He asked something about, since we’re in money that we’re ending one into one B as of Monday, right? Verify that. Yeah. So we’re are one aid groups were closing. We’ve closed the interest form for that. Um, there are still some access for one age groups through some of our hospital partners, but we’re moving into one. Be so those, uh, special groups first responders, corrections and educators have already received outreach. Teachers will be getting their notification on their appointment times shortly, hopefully early next week. And then the 70 plus group is the largest group, and ah, lot of them will be going to the hospital systems. So, um, the interest list. Anybody who’s on there now who meets those criteria will be hearing from us today. This site from one our first responder critical utility and corrections group is approximately 5000 people. The educator population, including both J. C. P s, the archdiocese and a number of independent public private schools, um is approximately 3000. So there’s a little over 20,000 of them total. J. C. P S has just shy of 14,000 people that wanted to be vaccinated, 20,000 of them. And then, um, at least 100,000 of the educated of the 70 plus are out there in the community. Most of them will be going to the hospital sites versus anything like separation break dishes. So preexisting conditions are listed in one C, and that is regardless of age. But for the 70 plus group, there’s no separate entry for pre existing conditions. Way are using an equity lens to try and focus on ZIP codes that have been hit the hardest, Um, from cove. It and areas of the city that we know are disadvantaged and struggle with health care access. We’ve made that information available through our Center for Health Equity to our hospital partners so that they can help in getting access for those people in those areas. The prior they were working with certain ZIP codes and then also, the Urban League is helping Thio get certain groups registered early as well. What did it should be Okay, Yes, I mean it. And somebody, the long term care facilities air being vaccinated by retail pharmacy chain CVS and Walgreens. Um, and they have a completely separate process that they utilize internal to their own corporate processes. So we don’t have really much control over the way that they act, and they also report their data differently so it could be difficult. Thio even know exactly how much of their allocation that they’ve concluded with. That said, we have representatives from both of those, uh, pharmacies and others on our vaccine task force, and we communicate with them regularly. So, for example, when Walgreens had an overhaul situation where they had extra doses of fighter that we’re gonna go bad, we were able to connect them with some groups to get those, um, get those shots into arms of people from the right groups of people. So we’re trying to help them wherever we can. But for the most part, their processes run at a corporate centralized corporate level. No, back he wait. So if you the reasons we’ve seen where people cannot get a vaccine today, if you’re currently ill, as in you have symptoms or a fever if you tested positive for co vid within the last 14 days, and you should still be under isolation at your house and not running out anyway, um, and then the other major one is if you have had a different vaccine within the last 14 days. Um, that’s a specific CDC guidelines. It includes flu shots, Andi, other vaccinations. It does not include tuberculosis tests, allergy shots, steroid shots, other types of injections. But any other vaccine you need to schedule 14 days out. Our emphasis is on people who live and work in Jefferson County. There’s some flexibility for folks who maybe live on one side of the river and work on the other. That sort of thing. Uh, same thing for other counties. Oldham County, Bullitt County, that sort of thing. But our emphasis and our focus is primarily for people who do live in Jefferson County. Okay, okay, are available.
Louisville vaccination sites now taking appointments for Phase 1B
After a successful round of vaccinations at Louisville’s first mass vaccination site, the city is transitioning to the second phase, Mayor Greg Fischer said during a press conference Friday.Appointments for Phase 1B have officially opened up. The phase includes first responders, anyone over the age of 70, and school personnel. The first educators will be vaccinated at Broadbent Arena starting Jan. 22. Anyone age 70 and older can click here to sign up for the vaccine. People will be given the choice to register through three healthcare providers. Anyone who signed up on the vaccine interest list should receive an email from health officials. Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage says health officials plan to vaccinate around 10,000 people a week in this age group. If you are a non-medical first responder, work in corrections or education (K-12), your appointment will be scheduled through your employer. You do not need to take any additional action.According to Fischer, officials expect to vaccinate 4,000 people in the upcoming week at Broadbent Arena. So far, over 30,000 people in Louisville have been vaccinated, health officials confirmed.Officials said they expect it to take Louisville three months just to get through 1B, but hope Biden’s plan unveiled last night will speed that up, especially if they can just get more doses. Dr. Hartlage stressed the importance of people showing up for their vaccinations as some sites have experienced absences following appointments.”We’re seeing a no-show rate of five to 10 percent, so if you’re lucky enough to get in one of these early groups and get an appointment made, please show up,” Dr. Hartlage said.The news comes as Louisville is seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases and related deaths, health officials confirmed Wednesday. Last week, the city recorded its highest weekly-case count of more than 4,100.
After a successful round of vaccinations at Louisville’s first mass vaccination site, the city is transitioning to the second phase, Mayor Greg Fischer said during a press conference Friday.
Appointments for Phase 1B have officially opened up. The phase includes first responders, anyone over the age of 70, and school personnel.
The first educators will be vaccinated at Broadbent Arena starting Jan. 22.
Anyone age 70 and older can click here to sign up for the vaccine. People will be given the choice to register through three healthcare providers. Anyone who signed up on the vaccine interest list should receive an email from health officials. Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage says health officials plan to vaccinate around 10,000 people a week in this age group.
If you are a non-medical first responder, work in corrections or education (K-12), your appointment will be scheduled through your employer. You do not need to take any additional action.
According to Fischer, officials expect to vaccinate 4,000 people in the upcoming week at Broadbent Arena. So far, over 30,000 people in Louisville have been vaccinated, health officials confirmed.
Officials said they expect it to take Louisville three months just to get through 1B, but hope Biden’s plan unveiled last night will speed that up, especially if they can just get more doses.
Dr. Hartlage stressed the importance of people showing up for their vaccinations as some sites have experienced absences following appointments.
“We’re seeing a no-show rate of five to 10 percent, so if you’re lucky enough to get in one of these early groups and get an appointment made, please show up,” Dr. Hartlage said.
The news comes as Louisville is seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases and related deaths, health officials confirmed Wednesday. Last week, the city recorded its highest weekly-case count of more than 4,100.