Vaccines at health departments to make big impact in rural counties

WOLFE COUNTY, KY (WTVQ) – The Kentucky River District Health Department serves seven eastern Kentucky counties. For some of these small counties, the closest hospitals about 50 miles away

Officials with the Health Department say this is a large inconvenience for folks who don’t have transportation.

“We have high poverty levels in these small counties so many people may not have means may not have their own car even and they’re depending on public transportation,” says Scott Lockard, the Director of the KRDHD.

To help make things a little easier, the state says for the next three weeks local health departments will be supplied enough vaccine doses for about 1% of the population they serve.

This will mean that these communities will receive a minimum of 100 doses each.

According to Health Department Officials, it will make a big difference for people who are susceptible to the virus.

“In some of our smaller counties like Wolfe County, transportation is just a huge issue for these people. By us getting it from the local health departments, that’s really going facilitate us getting more vaccinations done with that 70 year old and older population,” says Lockard.

Lockard also thinks getting a vaccine from someone you know will help provide some comfort for people.

“In eastern Kentucky people are much more trustful to those they know and have a relationship with so I think this is the most effective way to get people vaccinated,”says Lockard.

Doses will be provided February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd.

Second Doses will arrive four weeks later. Does should be used to vaccinate the 70+ group.

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