UK begins COVID-19 vaccinations inside Kroger Field

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 11:56 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky is taking another step in expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program.

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Tuesday, Kroger Field became the site for UK’s vaccine distribution. The first vaccine shots started going into arms right around 12 p.m. inside the Central Bank Club, inside Kroger Field.

There are 28 vaccination stations at the location.

UK officials said they want to try to consolidate all of their other vaccination clinics into one location.

“One of the problems we found was transportation and logistics was a problem,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “So, what we did was, is we combined everything into a bigger site, so we have everything running down here at Kroger Field, easy parking. We have plenty of room to stage people when they come in and transport the vaccine close from campus to the field every day.”

The clinic has also set aside spaces for individuals needing special accommodations and assistance.

Monroe said that the university has the capacity to vaccinate 2,000 people a day and their goal is to get as many people in and out on a daily basis as they possibly can.

However, Monroe says that capacity can fluctuate. He says it all depends on how many vaccines they are given from the state. So, it could be 1,000, 1,500, of that 2,000 doses on any given day.

Monroe said that they’re going to focus their efforts on Phase 1A and Phase 1B, meaning frontline health care workers, first responders, and K-12 teachers are going to be prioritized for now.

“Focus is also to get K-12 back in school. I mean, we really want to help that, so we partnered with the school systems to give them the ability to do that,” Monroe said. “By having a large clinic like this we can do that, and as long as we get the doses we can roll that out as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

UK officials said they’re only handing out vaccinations by appointment only so that means you have to go online and register before you arrive. UK HealthCare officials tell us around 50,000 requests were submitted as of Tuesday morning.

Everyone vaccinated Tuesday received a card telling them which vaccine they got and when they’re up for a booster shot. UK HealthCare officials say, depending on the type, the doses are spaced apart at least 21 or 28 days, but it doesn’t have to be that exact number.

The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.

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