Kentucky moves into Phase 1C on Monday: Whos eligible, and where to get the vaccine – WLKY Louisville

Kentucky is ready to begin the massive undertaking of administering COVID-19 vaccines to the next priority — and largest to date — group in the commonwealth. But there will be prioritization within that group.After remaining in Phase 1B longer than originally planned, Kentucky’s regional vaccination sites will officially begin moving into Phase 1C Monday, just not all at once. So here’s what you need to know:Who falls into Phase 1CAs mentioned above, Phase 1C is a massive undertaking. According to Kentucky data, the group consists of more than 1 million residents. Phase 1C includes anyone age 60 and older (previously 70 and older only qualified) and anyone 16 and older with an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.It also includes all essential workers.These are the CDC-designated high-risk conditions: Cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, heart conditions, weakened immune systems, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.Now onto essential workers. These essential workers fall into Phase 1C:Transportation and logistics workersFoodservice, shelter and housingFinanceIT and communicationEnergyMediaLegalPublic safety (engineers)Water and wastewater workersClergyPostal workersGrocery store workersIt’s important to note that the Beshear administration has yet to announce whether essential workers will be further prioritized, meaning that it’s unclear if one group of essential workers will go before the others and how that will be decided.It’s also important to note that essential workers will not be able to get their shots right off the bat when Phase 1C begins Monday.Who can start getting COVID-19 vaccinesBeginning Monday, the state will continue prioritizing vaccines by age. Beshear said regional vaccination sites will begin scheduling vaccinations for Kentuckians 60 and older. The sites will continue scheduling residents 70 and older and any outlying healthcare and first responders who may not have not yet received their shots.The reason Kentucky is beginning with the 60 and older portion of Phase 1C is that vaccine supplies from the federal government are still limited. While weekly allocations have increased since President Joe Biden took office, supplies are not enough to begin Phase 1C all at once. The good news is the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine was approved for emergency use over the weekend, which will increase supply.Beshear said it will take a couple of months to move through all of Phase 1C.Where to get vaccinatedRegional vaccination sites have opened up across Kentucky. Several of them are operated by Kroger while others are operated by local health systems.Here’s a look at some of the locations:AshlandBowling GreenCampbellsvilleCovingtonGreenvilleLexingtonMaysvillePaducahPrincetonRichmondClick here to view the full list of regional vaccination sites. Once you find the once closest to your location, the website will provide links and contact information to schedule appointments and verify eligibility.When it comes to other vaccination sites across Kentucky, local health departments will also be moving into Phase 1, but still prioritize by age. In Louisville, Norton Healthcare, UofL Health and Baptist Health will begin taking appointments for 60 and older March 1.Louisville’s mass vaccination site at Broadbent Arena will also move to Phase 1C beginning Monday, but it will only be for people 60 and older. Health officials in the metro have not said when they expect to begin vaccinations for essential workers.Related: Louisville to begin vaccinations for people 60 and older next weekOne Louisville health official said they estimate there are approximately 100,000 individuals 60 and older in the Louisville area community and that the majority of COVID-19-related hospitalizations were individuals in the 60 and older group.Vaccinating those people would occur through March and April, officials said.And as a reminder, vaccination sites can choose to administer COVID-19 vaccines to other people in the Phase 1C group if there are more doses than appointments scheduled.It’s important to check with your local health officials or vaccination sites to determine your eligibility and when you can sign up for appointments.

Kentucky is ready to begin the massive undertaking of administering COVID-19 vaccines to the next priority — and largest to date — group in the commonwealth. But there will be prioritization within that group.

After remaining in Phase 1B longer than originally planned, Kentucky’s regional vaccination sites will officially begin moving into Phase 1C Monday, just not all at once.

So here’s what you need to know:

Who falls into Phase 1C

As mentioned above, Phase 1C is a massive undertaking. According to Kentucky data, the group consists of more than 1 million residents.

Phase 1C includes anyone age 60 and older (previously 70 and older only qualified) and anyone 16 and older with an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It also includes all essential workers.

These are the CDC-designated high-risk conditions: Cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, heart conditions, weakened immune systems, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Now onto essential workers. These essential workers fall into Phase 1C:

  • Transportation and logistics workers
  • Foodservice, shelter and housing
  • Finance
  • IT and communication
  • Energy
  • Media
  • Legal
  • Public safety (engineers)
  • Water and wastewater workers
  • Clergy
  • Postal workers
  • Grocery store workers

It’s important to note that the Beshear administration has yet to announce whether essential workers will be further prioritized, meaning that it’s unclear if one group of essential workers will go before the others and how that will be decided.

It’s also important to note that essential workers will not be able to get their shots right off the bat when Phase 1C begins Monday.

Who can start getting COVID-19 vaccines

Beginning Monday, the state will continue prioritizing vaccines by age. Beshear said regional vaccination sites will begin scheduling vaccinations for Kentuckians 60 and older. The sites will continue scheduling residents 70 and older and any outlying healthcare and first responders who may not have not yet received their shots.

The reason Kentucky is beginning with the 60 and older portion of Phase 1C is that vaccine supplies from the federal government are still limited. While weekly allocations have increased since President Joe Biden took office, supplies are not enough to begin Phase 1C all at once. The good news is the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine was approved for emergency use over the weekend, which will increase supply.

Beshear said it will take a couple of months to move through all of Phase 1C.

Where to get vaccinated

Regional vaccination sites have opened up across Kentucky. Several of them are operated by Kroger while others are operated by local health systems.

Here’s a look at some of the locations:

  • Ashland
  • Bowling Green
  • Campbellsville
  • Covington
  • Greenville
  • Lexington
  • Maysville
  • Paducah
  • Princeton
  • Richmond

Click here to view the full list of regional vaccination sites. Once you find the once closest to your location, the website will provide links and contact information to schedule appointments and verify eligibility.

When it comes to other vaccination sites across Kentucky, local health departments will also be moving into Phase 1, but still prioritize by age. In Louisville, Norton Healthcare, UofL Health and Baptist Health will begin taking appointments for 60 and older March 1.

Louisville’s mass vaccination site at Broadbent Arena will also move to Phase 1C beginning Monday, but it will only be for people 60 and older. Health officials in the metro have not said when they expect to begin vaccinations for essential workers.

Related: Louisville to begin vaccinations for people 60 and older next week

One Louisville health official said they estimate there are approximately 100,000 individuals 60 and older in the Louisville area community and that the majority of COVID-19-related hospitalizations were individuals in the 60 and older group.

Vaccinating those people would occur through March and April, officials said.

And as a reminder, vaccination sites can choose to administer COVID-19 vaccines to other people in the Phase 1C group if there are more doses than appointments scheduled.

It’s important to check with your local health officials or vaccination sites to determine your eligibility and when you can sign up for appointments.