Carly Carver, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
King’s Daughters Medical Center announced on Feb. 8 that it is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who fall into the 1C category. Individuals in categories 1A and 1B may continue to schedule vaccination, as well.
The 1C category includes essential workers 18 and older in the following occupations:
• Education (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
• Food & Agriculture
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Public transit workers
• Grocery store workers
• Transportation & logistics
• Food services
• Shelter & housing (construction)
• IT & Communication
• Public safety (engineers)
• Water & wastewater
The 1C category also includes adults who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 with the following health conditions:
• Chronic kidney disease
• Down syndrome
• Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
• Immunocompromised from solid organ transplant
• Obesity & severe obesity
• Sickle cell disease
• Type 2 diabetes
As a reminder, the 1A and 1B categories include healthcare personnel, first responders, corrections officers, and individuals age 70 and above.
It is important to note that King’s Daughters is permitted to vaccinate only Kentucky residents or patients who are established with a King’s Daughters provider. If you are in the 1A, 1B, or 1C categories and want to schedule an appointment, please call 606.408.COVD.
As of time of report, KDMC is the only local provider offering vaccinations to the 1C category.
On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced six new regional vaccination sites across the commonwealth and said vaccines will now also be available at mobile clinics, 10 Kroger stores, 15 Walmart stores and 125 pharmacies, including Walgreens and Good Neighbor independent pharmacies, according to a press release.
In total, there are more than 150 vaccination sites in Kentucky, in addition to local health department vaccination programs.
“We are efficient. We have built a system that can administer more vaccinations than we are currently getting,” said Gov. Beshear. “These new sites are a big deal. They are going to move us forward and build out what we need so when supply increases, we are ready to get it out even more quickly to communities throughout the state.”
“Each new site we open offers additional capacity to administer more vaccines than we currently have supply to give them. The good news is that, as supply increases, each site will be able to ramp up immediately to reach more people without start-up delays,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, the Vaccine Distribution Project Director. “The logistics are incredibly complex, but we're continuously increasing both our capacity and our efficiency to eventually meet the needs in every Kentucky community.”