|Walgreens on Monmouth St. in Newport. Via Google.|
On Monday, as new cases continue to decline, Gov. Beshear said the state is working to address equitable vaccine access.
“One thing to note when you look at the vaccine demographic data: we have more individuals in long-term care under 70 than I had ever imagined,” said Gov. Beshear. “With that said, we need to continue to prioritize those 70 and older.
“We look forward to expanding our network of partners in this effort and working to reach people who need access to this vaccine and need a little extra assistance in getting it, so they can have the same benefit as everyone else,” said public health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack.
Designated pharmacies in Northern Kentucky will begin receiving small quantities of vaccine later this week to help vaccinate individuals against COVID-19. These pharmacies are part of the Federal Pharmacy Partners program. They will receive vaccine directly from the federal government, not from the vaccines allocated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Walgreens pharmacies in thirteen locations in Northern Kentucky have been designated to receive vaccine. A number of independent pharmacies will also be designated later this week.
It is anticipated that each location will receive 100 doses per week starting later this week. Pharmacies have been instructed to vaccinate the Phase 1B population with a priority on individuals age 70 and over.
The Walgreens locations are:
Walgreens Pharmacy 1 Viewpoint Drive, Alexandria, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 1601 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 2840 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 8193 Mall Road, Florence, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 1747 Patrick Drive, Burlington, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 6617 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 8820 US Highway 42, Florence, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 1220 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 1825 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 2005 Centennial Boulevard, Independence, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 4299 Winston Avenue, Covington, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 606 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, KY
Walgreens Pharmacy 3104 Dixie Highway, Erlanger, KY
Independent pharmacies will be added once registration information is available.
“We are glad to have additional partners joining in the efforts to vaccinate people here in Northern Kentucky,” said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health of the Northern Kentucky Health Department, “We are seeing tremendous demand for vaccinations. Every vaccination provider and every dose of vaccine helps get shots in arms.”
The Governor also announced the state’s positivity rate has decreased to the lowest it has been since Nov. 10 and Kentucky has now had four straight weeks of declining test positivity and weekly cases.
“The trends are all moving in the right direction, but that only happens from your hard work. We must keep this up because we do not want to lose this progress,” said Gov. Beshear.
The Governor said for the fifth straight week, the state has distributed more vaccines than it received in first doses from the federal government. Of all the first doses the state has received, 91% are already in a Kentuckians’ arms.
Kentucky has received 490,975 COVID-19 initial vaccine doses and 444,930 Kentuckians have received their first vaccine dose.
The state’s vaccination program has received 410,050 first doses and administered 375,728.
The new federal pharmacy vaccination program will also start at the end of this week. It has two major partners in the state: a number of Walgreens locations and a large group of independent pharmacies.
“Walgreens is a great partner, but it didn’t have sufficient coverage in rural Kentucky, so we advocated for the program to include independent pharmacies, too,” said Gov. Beshear.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
New cases today: 1,003
New deaths today: 40
Positivity rate: 7.78%
Total deaths: 4,091
Currently hospitalized: 1,163
Currently in ICU: 274
Currently on ventilator: 142