Draft Plan for COVID Vaccine Distribution Released
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced a draft plan for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine across the state. 

On Friday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,  released their initial, comprehensive draft plan for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to local health departments and health care organizations.

Officials say the first shipment of the vaccine is anticipated to be delivered to Kentucky from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense in late 2020 or early 2021.

"The federal government provided a detailed plan for how states should distribute the vaccine, once all safety trials are completed, and the commonwealth's plan closely mimics their recommendation," Gov. Andy Beshear said. "Protecting the health and lives of our Kentucky families remains our top priority as we battle COVID-19 and as vaccines arrive."

The draft plan can be found at the link below. It discusses vaccine management and tracking; supply management; community education and engagement; contact management; analytics and reporting and organizational support.

"The first phase of the plan will help ensure those most at risk – certain health care workers and first responders – have access to the vaccination," said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of KDPH. "The plan will accommodate vaccinating these essential workers in every county across the commonwealth."

According to Stack, supplies will be limited at first. Although, they anticipate that all Kentuckians will have access as supplies rise. Stack said that distributing the vaccine to as many as 4.4 million residents will likely take a year or more to complete.

"For months, it's been necessary to remind Kentuckians that there is no cure for COVID-19 and that no vaccine exists. It's gratifying to have gotten to this point, to be in the position of saying that soon, the vaccine will be available to some, and that it's on its way to every resident of our commonwealth who wishes to take it," Dr. Stack noted.

Kentucky officials added that Federal officials will be reviewing the plan and will provide any necessary feedback. The final plan will also be available at the link below once it is released.

On the Net:

Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Published 12:30 PM, Saturday Oct. 17, 2020
Updated 12:08 PM, Saturday Oct. 17, 2020



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