CCHD receives Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

RANDY PATRICK

Sun Reporter

The Clark County Health Department has received more coronavirus vaccine, including the recently FDA-approved, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Public Health Director Becky Kissick said the department is planning vaccination clinics Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. The Tuesday clinic will be for those in groups 1A and 1B to receive their second shots of the Moderna vaccine. Those groups include first responders and health care workers and people 70 years old and older. The Wednesday clinic will be for first vaccinations for those in the 1C group, which includes those adults 60 and older and people 16 years old and older with serious health conditions.

Appointments are required to receive the shots.

The Thursday clinic will be for the one-shot J&J vaccine, which the Health Department wants to reserve for the county’s vulnerable population, including transient people. Kissick said the Health Department is working with the Clark County Homeless Coalition and other groups on that effort.

“This initial allocation is somewhat limited. Hopefully, we’re going to get into a steady pattern of receiving Johnson & Johnson’s, but we don’t know what that’s going to look like yet,” Kissick said.

She said she has only 100 doses of the J&J vaccine.

The department’s last big vaccination effort was on Saturday, Feb. 27, when teachers and other school employees received about 700 second doses, and the director had hoped to do more clinics last week but had to wait on delivery of more vaccine.

There has been a delay in distribution of vaccines across the state and country.

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Website, vaccine.ky.gov, shows Kentuckians which phase they are in: 1A, 1B or 1C. Individuals can sign up for notifications so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites, the Governor’s Office said in a news release. Vaccine.ky.gov also lists regional vaccination partners statewide, so Kentuckians can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment. Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246, has the same features as the website. Kentuckians can get assistance completing the vaccine eligibility questionnaire and scheduling an appointment when doses are available. Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments is offered by public transit agencies. Go to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or call the hotline.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at randy.patrick@bluegrassnewsmedia.com.

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