COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine

 

COVID-19 is still spreading in our city. We are experiencing a record number of cases, and, unfortunately, deaths. Until most of us can be vaccinated, wearing a mask and keeping our distance and limiting where we go is still essential to protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities. Even as we celebrate the development of safe and effective vaccines, these safety measures - including staying home when you may be sick - remain crucial parts of our effort to eliminate this pandemic.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will allow us to worship together, reopen schools, and return to work in person. Choosing to be vaccinated helps you and your loved ones stay safe. It helps our community’s most vulnerable members to be protected against this pandemic and the social isolation that comes along with it.

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

 

Image description explains the COVID-19 vaccine delivery phases including Phase 1A, for healthcare personnel, Phase 1B for nonmedical first responders, Phase 1C for Essential Workers, and Phase 2 for the general population

 

PHASE 1A

  • Medical First Responders
  • Healthcare Personnel 

Register for your appointment today with Norton Healthcare. Be sure to click the Tier 1A link for Healthcare Workers. If you have difficulty scheduling, call 502-861-4499 for assistance.

Schedule Your Appointment

Register Online
Call 502-861-4499 for assistance

 

 

PHASE 1B

  • Non-Medical First Responders (Appointments scheduled through your employer)
  • K-12 Educators (Appointments scheduled through your employer)
     
  • Childcare Workers (Appointments scheduled through your employer)
    • SCHEDULING: If your childcare facility hasn’t been contacted directly form us please send an email to [email protected] for scheduling instructions.
      • PLEASE NOTE: At this time “Childcare workers” are those who care for a group of children in a formal, licensed daycare setting. This does not include private duty nannies or other such workers. 

  • Individuals 70+  
    • Register for your appointment today through one of our healthcare partners. When you register please remember the following:
      • Do not sign up with multiple providers. Due to available supply, appointments are limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment.
      • Individuals without internet access can have a family member or friend register them.
      • If you have health insurance, including Medicare, you must bring your insurance card. There is no cost to you, regardless of your insurance status. All sites operate by appointment only and will require proof of age (such as a valid state identification) on arrival.
Norton Healthcare

Register Online
Call 502-861-4499 for assistance

U of L Health

Register Online

Baptist Health

Register Online

Walgreens

Register Online
Patients can also call 800-Walgreens or their local store and select option 1 to set up an appointment

Kroger

Register Online

 


 

PHASES 1C

Due to vaccine supply available and the population size of Jefferson County, phase 1C will be rolled out in groups. We are starting with individuals age 60 and older because the majority of our hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 have been in this age group. More details on our 1C rollout will be provided soon. 

  • Individuals 60+
    • Register for your appointment today through one of our healthcare partners. When you register please remember the following:
      • Do not sign up with multiple providers. Due to available supply, appointments are limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment.
Norton Healthcare

Register Online
Call 502-861-4499 for assistance

Baptist Health

Register Online

U of L Health

Register Online

Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers will directly contact their patients, 60 years and older to schedule vaccine appointments.

Community Health Centers are located in underserved communities and are part of both local and national efforts to get the vaccine to to their patients by partnering with the local hospital systems.

Park DuValle Community Health Center

Park DuValle Community Health Centerswill directly contact their patients, 60 years and older to schedule vaccine appointments.

Community Health Centers are located in underserved communities and are part of both local and national efforts to get the vaccine to to their patients by partnering with the local hospital systems.

 


 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

As we continue our push to fight COVID-19, we need your support. For more information on the volunteer process please visit our Volunteer Information Center.

 


 

VACCINE FAQ's

When will it be my turn to receive the vaccine?

The CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. Please see the graphic above for more information on the Jefferson County Vaccine Priority groups.

Where is LouVax Located

Our LouVax mass vaccination site is located at Broadbent Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. Enter through Gate 4 and proceed to Lot J.

Who can get vaccinated at LouVax

Currently Tier 1B Non-Medical First Responders and K-12 Educators are the only individuals who are able to get vaccinated at this site. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Appointments will be scheduled through your employer)

Can I reschedule my vaccine appointment?

Please make every effort to make it to your appointment. Due to high demand, It may be weeks before you are able to be rescheduled.

What happens to doses when people miss their appointment?

All doses allocated to us are given to the community. If someone misses their appointment the vaccine is provided to the next person in line. 

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?

Yes. Two vaccines that have been approved for use by the FDA after extensive clinical trials involving many thousands of participants, including from racial and ethnic minorities. Both federally approved vaccines were shown to be between 94% and 95% effective. This process was designed carefully and with very strict standards to keep us all safe.

How many doses of the vaccine is required?

The currently authorized vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States require 2 shots to get the most protection.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
  • Moderna doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.

The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, second doses administered within 24 to 42 days are considered valid, safe and effective. When it’s time for your second dose, you will be contacted directly by the organization who administered your first dose for appointment scheduling. You should receive your first and second dose from the same provider.

Which COVID-19 Vaccine will I receive?

Currently we are only providing the Moderna mRNA vaccine.

Should I expect side effects from vaccine shots?

Some patients experience mild soreness at the injection site. There have also been reports of fevers and achiness after being vaccinated. Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare.

​If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Is it safe to get vaccinated if pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, but if you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision.

Can my child get vaccinated?

No, but studies of COVID-19 vaccines in children have started.

Can the COVID-19 vaccine be given at the same time as another vaccine?

Wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first. If you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

I have already had COVID-19. Can I still be vaccinated?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.

How much does it cost? What if my insurance doesn’t cover it?

COIVD-19 vaccines are free – the US Federal Government is purchasing vaccines on behalf of the American people. If you have insurance, it will cover any costs the providers charge for administering the vaccine; if you don’t, the government will pay these.

Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance after receiving the vaccine?

Yes. We need to use every tool we have to ensure that we and the people we love stay safe. We’re working to ensure all of our residents can be vaccinated as quickly as possible, but until we’re there we still need to help keep each other safe by maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance and wearing masks around others.

Will vaccines be mandatory?

No. The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for individuals.



 

RESOURCES

Image of Vsafe app on smartphone. Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.

 

 

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