Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a brand new strategy to accelerate the state's vaccine rollout Monday. He also unveiled a full schedule of vaccinations that will include all age ranges and categories of workers.

Like a lot of the country, the speed of Kentucky's vaccine rollout is slower than officials anticipated. Kentucky's long-term care and health care worker programs have so far received 174,750 doses, but only 35% of these doses were administered as of Sunday, Beshear said at his first in-person briefing of the year.

“Let me be clear, I am not satisfied with the pace of vaccination within Kentucky,” Beshear said. “While I think it is identical across the nation that isn't things i was elected to complete. I was elected to complete my best for you.”

Beshear blamed the us government for overestimating how long every individual vaccination takes. Next he said there appears to be less urgency to vaccinate small groups simply because they know they are going to get the vaccine.

To accelerate vaccinations statewide, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said the state's new priority requires vaccine administrators to use 90% from the doses they receive within one week of receiving them.

“The goal is to not have vaccines relaxing in freezers. The goal would be to have vaccines administered to willing recipients,” Stack said.

The state still plans to prioritize certain groups over others, However, the change in guidance will mean that many people who are lower priority will ultimately end up getting the vaccine ahead of others who are at greater risk, Stack said.

Here what that appears like: Every week vaccine administrators should schedule vaccinations for the highest tiers first, however with a goal deploying as numerous vaccines as you possibly can inside a week then beginning again again with the next shipment, Stack said.

Find Your Phase

Kentucky previously outlined the very first two phases of the deployment, but unveiled an entire list of phases the very first time on Monday:

  • 1A – Long-term care/assisted-living facilities and healthcare personnel including every worker inside a patient care setting such as dentists, morticians, physiotherapists, behavioral health insurance and more. It will also include lab care personnel. Group 1A has become obtaining the vaccine.
  • 1B – Police, firefighters along with other first responders, ages 70 and also over, K-12 School Personnel including anybody who might work at a K-12 building.
  • 1C – Anyone age 60 and older, or 16 and older with CDC-defined COVID-19 high-risk conditions, and CDC-defined essential workers.
  • 2 – Ages 40 and over.
  • 3 – Ages 16 and also over.
  • 4 – Children younger than 16 if the vaccine is approved with this age bracket.

Yes, But When?

Louisville opened its first mass vaccination site on Monday, but for now its goal is to serve a lot more than 20,000 independent medical service providers working away from hospital system such as doctor and dentist offices.

Beshear said he hopes the state completes vaccinations among healthcare personnel and in long-term care settings after January then begins the next phase inside a week of this deadline.

Based on current conservative estimates for vaccine allotments as well as an uptake rate in excess of 80%, more than half of every “interested” Kentuckian could be vaccinated by June, Stack said.

In the approaching weeks, Beshear said his administration will be providing information about how everyone can sign up for vaccinations either online or by phone. All vaccinations is going to be by appointment simply to avoid spread from the virus, he said.

Virus Update

Kentucky reported 2,319 new installments of COVID-19 — the highest ever reported on Monday — and 26 new deaths. Beshear said last week's numbers were higher than a few days before, however the data is likely obscured by the holiday backlogs.

On one hand, it's likely that holiday gatherings have led to increased transmission and there have been slight increases in both hospitalization and ICU admissions, Stack said. Four from the state's health care regions are reaching the bounds of their capacities.

However, many of the state's testing sites were closed throughout the holidays, which means the folks experiencing the worst symptoms were probably the most likely to be tested. That may be one more reason the state's positivity rate now stands at 11.2%, Beshear said.

“We can't tell you definitively, right now, whether this this has been inflated, again, in what testing is open and never, or private gatherings over the holidays. We think it's some of both,” he said.

Beshear said it will probably take several days for the data to reveal the reality.