Lexington doctors’ offices fielding many questions about COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:06 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We know many people have questions about when they’ll be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Our Victor Puente spoke with a few doctors, and one question they could answer when it came to the vaccine was its safety.

“I have people that have stage 4 renal disease that have gotten the vaccination. I’ve had people that are transplant patients, kidney transplant, bilateral lung transplant who’ve got the immunizations,” said Dr. John Richard with Bluegrass Family & Extended Care.

But a question they couldn’t answer, was when their patients could expect to get it.

“As physicians in primary care we think it’s our responsibility to give vaccines to patients but we don’t even yet know exactly what the distribution is going to look like,” said Dr. Cady Brown with Downtown Drs. Brown.

Dr. Brown said she got the vaccine through the clinic the Fayette County Health Department is holding for healthcare workers who aren’t affiliated with the larger hospitals. So far, those slots have filled up fast.

“I cried the whole time. Tears of gratitude,” she said.

Most areas of the state are still in phase 1A, which includes healthcare workers. Governor Beshear said they hope to finish that phase by the end of January. A few places have moved on to phase 1B.

“I do believe that the organization that they put in place sounded like a good idea when it comes to stratifying who is most at risk and who needs immunizations first. But I think we’ve kind of failed in really having one or two people or organizations that are really kind of checking the box to make sure everybody is on schedule and moving forward,” Dr. Richard said.

For people who aren’t in one of those first groups, it may still be awhile before it’s time to roll up their sleeves.

“The folks who are healthy adults with fewer chronic medical issues, I think we’re going to have to call on some patience. To wait until it is their turn.”

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