Officers with the Lake Cumberland District Well being Division (LCDHD) mentioned they’re conscious of how gradual the COVID-19 vaccination course of goes and that the general public has a number of questions the well being division merely doesn’t have. has solutions. .
LCDHD CEO Shawn Crabtree mentioned the general public’s sheer quantity of confusion and frustration has precipitated his folks to be inundated with cellphone calls and emails.
Crabtree and others on the well being division’s video question-and-answer session on YouTube on Wednesday requested the general public for endurance and consciousness that the method might be prolonged as a result of lack of at present accessible vaccines.
“We definitely want there was a a lot larger abundance of vaccines in order that we are able to get by all of this a lot sooner,” Crabtree mentioned. “It’s not a query of whether or not we’re prepared to do it, it’s a query of ‘Is the vaccine accessible?'”
He defined that there are at present solely two firms licensed to offer vaccines inside america at the moment.
LCDHD chief medical officer Christine Weyman mentioned a 3rd social gathering, from Johnson & Johnson, is predicted to use for approval later within the spring, however could have hassle growing manufacturing.
Crabtree mentioned that because of restricted provide throughout the US, the state of Kentucky is being allotted a specific amount at a time, that means the Lake Cumberland district is receiving a small quantity of what’s being allotted throughout the state.
Proper now, the state solely receives about 50,000 doses per week, to distribute to a inhabitants of about four.5 million, he mentioned.
Even when Lake Cumberland receives its whole quantity of two,300 per week, the district is making an attempt to distribute them amongst its inhabitants of round 200,000 folks.
Consequently, whereas present tips solely permit folks age 70 and older to get the vaccine, it’ll take a number of months for everybody in that class to get vaccinated, he mentioned.
When the well being division receives doses for that inhabitants, Crabtree mentioned the present perception is that the division will make an announcement, probably on its web site and thru social media akin to Fb, and supply a cellphone line for folks to name to schedule. an appointment. .
There might be no subdivision or prioritization of individuals inside that group, he mentioned. Appointments might be made so as of arrival.
When all of the blanks are stuffed for that vaccine cargo, they will not make any extra appointments till they know after they’ll get extra.
Crabtree mentioned his coronary heart went out to these 70 and older as a result of that was the age group most susceptible to the virus, and mentioned many individuals had been “making an attempt to get forward” of them to get the vaccine.
Dr. Weyman additionally clarified questions on what would occur if an individual receives the primary injection within the collection however doesn’t obtain the second on the advisable time, 28 days after the primary injection, within the case of the Moderna vaccine.
He mentioned folks do not need to “begin over” with the vaccine if they do not get the second injection on the proper time. 28 days is the minimal variety of days between injections, however sufferers might obtain it as much as a yr after the primary, he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that about 50 % of the inhabitants seems to have full immunity after simply the primary dose, however the second dose is advisable to make sure.