Louisville COVID-19 Vaccine Data
COVID-19 Vaccinations in Jefferson County KY
Tracking the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Louisville
Louisville Metro – COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
Week of March 1, 2021
What’s Behind the Numbers?
Understanding the Vaccine Rollout in the Context of Health Equity
In Louisville, the Black community, other communities of color, and communities experiencing poverty are more heavily burdened by chronic illness, and therefore severe outcomes from COVID-19. Data have indicated that the Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities in Louisville have seen inequitably high rates of infection and death due to COVID-19. These differences are not due to chance. Historical policies and practices intentionally segregated resources across our community so not all residents have the same access to fresh foods, safe recreation, high-wage jobs, quality, affordable housing, healthcare, and the ability to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night. The Center for Health Equity has detailed these patterns of disease and their historical and ongoing roots in racism. You can read more about this topic in our Health Equity reports.
Health equity means creating conditions where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy and reach their full human potential. Inequities in health are patterned differences in outcomes by race, gender identity, income, or other factors that are not biological but instead created by differences in experiences people have within their communities. These conditions, or "root causes" are shaped by policies and budgets that define experiences, including the availability of fresh healthy food in a neighborhood, the transportation network, opportunity for safe recreation, employment opportunities, education, and many others.
Not surprisingly, these same root causes and conditions that have caused disproportionate cases and deaths in our communities of color will also impact the way that all communities experience vaccination. This means that access to internet, access to transportation, access to information, and access to trusted healthcare providers will all impact how easy or likely it is for residents to access vaccination.
Without explicit strategies to combat health inequities and root causes that are already present, we will continue to see inequities in vaccination. Ways to center health equity in the vaccination process include addressing who is prioritized for vaccination, how many vaccines are available to Louisville as a whole, how residents are contacted and given information (including cultural competency and translation needs), and how accessible vaccination sites are (either through the sign-up process or the location).
Prioritization of who is included within phases and total allocation received weekly are both set by the state. Locally, we can adjust who is prioritized within a phase and what methods we use to make sure those who are most vulnerable or high-risk can be reached first. The Center for Health Equity has been using data and existing research to recommend how to best prioritize phases moving forward. Currently, our vaccine providers (which include LMPHW’s mass vaccination site, LouVax, Norton Healthcare, Baptist Health and University of Louisville) have all been working to do targeted outreach via phone to increase access for those who are not able to schedule online and to organize transportation options as needed. Additionally, we have been working collaboratively across providers to deploy mobile teams or pop-up community events in neighborhoods or organizations most impacted.
We recognize that we do not have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone at once and immediately, but we promise that we will get to everyone, and everyone who wants to be vaccinated will get a turn. Our goal is to protect those who are most vulnerable and to conduct vaccination in a way that reduces death, severe outcomes, and spread. This means some residents may have to wait a little longer, but we appreciate your support and continued efforts to stay home, social distance, and reduce the spread of COVID-19.