Baptist Health administers more than 100,000 vaccines

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) Baptist Health has reached a major milestone of administering more than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to patients in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Baptist Health Lexington is responsible for giving more than 16,000 of those shots, according to Baptist Health officials.

“A tremendous amount of teamwork has gone into our efforts to give vaccines to healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers and those age 70 and older, protecting the most vulnerable and those who care for them,” said Baptist Health system CEO Gerard Colman. “Our hospitals were among the first to administer the vaccine, and we’re committed to continue to do so.”

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According to Baptist Health officials, hospitals hit the 100,000 mark in 71 days, after administering their first shots on Dec. 14, 2020, reaching the milestone on Feb. 23.

Of the 100,826 doses given, 64,730 were first doses and 36,096 were second doses.

Baptist Health Lexington was the second hospital in the state to administer the Pfizer vaccine to five frontline workers on Dec. 14, 2020. Baptist Health Corbin, Baptist Health Louisville, Baptist Health Madisonville and Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Ind. quickly followed, according to Baptist Health officials.

When the Moderna vaccine became available shortly before Christmas, Baptist Health Hardin, Baptist Health La Grange, Baptist Health Paducah and Baptist Health Richmond received allocations and began giving vaccinations.

“We’ve worked hard to make our COVID-19 vaccination clinic a success and offer the vaccine to as many Kentuckians a possible,” said Bill Sisson, president of Baptist Health Lexington. “The vaccine is vitally important to ending the pandemic and we are proud to serve our community in this way.”

Baptist Health Lexington has also played a part in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial, with David Dougherty, MD, leading the trial there. The F.D.A. could authorize the vaccine as early as Saturday, depending on a vote by its vaccine advisory panel.

Those who have been vaccinated are encouraged to continue to practice prevention measures including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, keeping your distance from those who don’t live with you and staying home when you’re sick.

Baptist Health is working to administer vaccines as quickly as possible, but officials said getting to everyone who wants one will take time. More appointments will be made available HERE as additional vaccine shipments are received.

For more information, click HERE. To find out what phase of the Kentucky vaccination campaign that you fall into, visit HERE.

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