Kentucky health departments dealing with high demand for vaccines but low supply

Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 11:48 AM EST
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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - About 850 vaccines will go into the arms of people in Scott County on Friday.

However, area health departments say getting the supply of vaccines has been difficult. Now, the state is stepping up to help.

Thursday, Dr. Steven Stack announced each health department will get more doses.

For the next three weeks, every district health department and county health department will receive a vaccine allocation equivalent to 1% of the population of each county they serve.

They’ll be provided on February 8, 15, and 22.

But some health departments say it’s not enough.

Thursday, We talked to the Madison County Health Department. They tell us they have more than 12,000 people on the waiting list, so, a few hundred doses of the vaccine in three weeks isn’t much.

That’s why they’re encouraging people to sign up for vaccines at other providers in neighboring counties to get their shots quicker.

“Every day we say this is the information we have right now as we know it,” said Kelley McBride, Madison County Health Department. “Because supplies are limited. It will get better, it really will. It will get better as more vaccine becomes produced and available.”

In Scott County, all of the appointments for Friday’s vaccine distribution were booked and they were not accepting any walk-ups.

The state’s doses for health departments will be used for people 70 and older.

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