Officers with the Lake Cumberland District Well being Division (LCDHD) stated they’re conscious of how sluggish the method of vaccinating in opposition to COVID-19 goes, and that the general public has a lot of questions that the well being division simply doesn’t have solutions for.
LCDHD Government Director Shawn Crabtree stated the big quantity of confusion and frustration from the general public has resulted of their folks being inundated with cellphone calls and emails.
Crabtree and others within the well being division’s video question-and-answer session, held Wednesday on YouTube, requested persistence from the general public and an consciousness that the method can be prolonged as a result of lack of vaccine at present out there.
“We definitely want there was a a lot better abundance of vaccine in order that we might transfer by all of this a lot faster,” Crabtree stated. “It’s not a query of are we prepared to do it, it’s a query of ‘Is the vaccine out there?’”
He defined that there are at present solely two firms cleared to offer vaccine inside the US presently.
LCDHD Medical Director Christine Weyman stated a 3rd, from Johnson & Johnson, is predicted to ask for approval later within the spring, however that they might be having points in ramping up manufacturing.
Crabtree stated due to the restricted provide inside the U.S., the state of Kentucky is being allotted a specific amount at a time, which implies the Lake Cumberland district is getting a small quantity of what’s being allotted statewide.
As of proper now, the state is barely getting round 50,000 doses per week, to dole out to a inhabitants of round 4.5 million, he stated.
Even when Lake Cumberland is getting it’s full quantity of two,300 per week, the district is attempting to unfold these out over its inhabitants of round 200,000 folks.
In consequence, although the present pointers are to solely enable folks age 70 and older to obtain the vaccine, it’s going to take a number of months for everybody in that class to get vaccinated, he stated.
When the well being division does obtain doses for that inhabitants, Crabtree stated the present perception is that the division will make an announcement, seemingly on its web site and thru social medial like Fb, and can present a phone line for folks to name to make an appointment.
There can be no subdividing or prioritizing folks inside that group, he stated. Appointments can be made on a first-come, first-serve foundation.
When all of the slots are full for that cargo of vaccine, they won’t make any extra appointments till they know when they are going to be getting extra.
Crabtree stated his coronary heart was with those that are 70 years outdated and older as a result of that was the age group that was most susceptible to the virus, and he stated that lots of people have been “attempting to maneuver forward” of them to get the vaccine.
Dr. Weyman additionally cleared up questions on what would occur if an individual receives the primary shot within the collection however doesn’t obtain the second on the really useful time – 28 days after the primary shot, within the case of the Moderna vaccine.
She stated that folks do not need to “begin over” with the vaccination in the event that they don’t take the second shot on the proper time. The 28 days is the minimal variety of days between pictures, however sufferers may be capable to get it as much as a 12 months after the primary, she stated.
She additionally stated that round 50 % of the inhabitants appear to have full immunity after solely the primary dose, however that the second dose is really useful to make sure.