LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed to the public, there are many questions about when and how certain groups will be able to get their vaccine.
Below, we have listed each state's plan and where the state currently is within that plan. If there are differences on a county-by-county basis, those will be included as well.
If you still have questions, feel free to send us a text at 502-582-7290.
Who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Kentucky is following a phased approach to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Here is the current plan with an estimated timeline:
Phase 1A: Long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel (Dec. 2020 - Winter 2021)
Phase 1B: First responders, anyone age 70 or older, K-12 school personnel (January 2021 - Spring 2021)
Phase 1C: Anyone age 60 or older, anyone age 16 or older with CDC highest risk C19 risk conditions, all essential workers (Spring 2021 - Summer 2021)
Phase 2: Anyone age 40 or older (Late Summer 2021 - Winter 2021)
Phase 3: Anyone age 16 or older (Fall 2021 - Winter 2021)
Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for that age group
Gov. Beshear said the goal of the state is to vaccinate the most at-risk populations first. Areas will move to the next phase as more doses of the vaccine become available. The Kentucky Department of Public Health said it will share with the public when and where vaccine doses will be available through press conferences and press releases.
The state of Kentucky is still in Phase 1A, but some counties have expanded to Phase 1B based on vaccine availability.
Note: The information listed below is based on data from the state and local health departments. Some individual health providers may be offering the vaccine on different timelines that don't match the information below. Check with your local health provider for more information.
Breckenridge County: Phase 1A
Bullitt County: Phase 1A
Fayette County: Phase 1A
Hardin County: Phase 1B
Henry County: Phase 1B
Jefferson County: Phase 1B
LaRue County: Phase 1B
Marion County: Phase 1B
Meade County: Phase 1B
Nelson County: Phase 1B
Oldham County: Phase 1B
Shelby County: Phase 1B
Spencer County: Phase 1B
Trimble County: Phase 1B
Washington County: Phase 1B
In Indiana, the state is distributing vaccine doses by age group. Right now, Hoosiers who are 80 and older can make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The next group to be eligible will be those 70 and older, then 60 and older. Dates for these next age groups have not been released.
It is unclear what groups will get priority after that.
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccination sites will be determined by local health department officials. If you do not see your county listed below, contact your local health officials for more information.
While the state is in Phase 1A, healthcare workers in Kentucky can use this map to find a vaccination location near them.
Kroger is working with the state to set up vaccination clinics starting Feb. 1. Anyone in Phase 1 of Kentucky's vaccination plan will be able to receive the vaccine through Kroger. The company plans to release more information on these sites on Jan. 28.
You can also register for the COVID-19 vaccine through Meijer. Text the word "COVID" to 75049, visit the Meijer website or call your local Meijer store for more information about clinics in your area.
Additional sites will be listed below based on county.
Healthcare workers can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the mass vaccination site at Broadbent Arena. If you are eligible, contact your employer to make an appointment.
Non-medical first responders and workers in education will receive information on their vaccinations through their employer.
Anyone 70 or older is asked to go to their health care providers for more information on receiving a vaccine. People who do not have a provider are encouraged to sign up for Norton Healthcare's waitlist. Those without internet access can call 502-861-4499.
As of Jan. 15, you can register on the Oldham County Health Department Website if you are aged 70 and older. The health department is strongly encouraging online registration at www.oldhamcountyhealthdepartment.org.
If you don’t have internet access and must call to make an appointment, you can call (502) 222-3516.
If there are no appointments available, the health department said new appointments will open each Friday at 1 p.m.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently not available to the public in Fayette County. Healthcare workers who need the vaccine can be notified about future vaccine clinics by filling out this form on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's website.
The City of Lexington has launched a new website to provide the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here.
Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble County (North Central District Health Department)
The North Central District Health Department covers Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble County. According to the department's website, it is not taking appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
The Kentucky Department of Health is using the department to focus on the distribution of the second or booster dose of the vaccine.
If you would like to be notified about the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine through the North Central District Health Department, you can sign up for those alerts online.
Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington County (Lincoln Trail District Health Department)
Check the health department website for available appointments. If you are unable to access the internet or need further assistance, you can call (270) 769-1601.
Indiana has a central search system for Hoosiers to find their closest vaccine location.
To make an appointment, anyone can call the state's 211 telephone assistance service or follow these steps to register online:
- Go to ourshot.in.gov.
- Click on the link in the red box near the top of the page that says "Click here to find a vaccination site."
- Select the county you live in.
- Select a vaccine clinic available in your county.
- Select the blue link that says "Click here to register."
- Select the group you belong to (People 80 years or older), and enter your date of birth.
- Certify that you are 80 years or older.
- Click "Schedule an appointment."
Eligible Clark County residents can receive the COVID-19 vaccine from a new mass vaccination site. The site, located at an empty retail space in the 700 block of Lewis & Clark Parkway next to Harbor Freight Tools, opened to the public on Jan. 11.
Anyone eligible for the vaccine in this phase can make an appointment for the Clark County site by calling 812-800-9861. The phone lines will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week.
IU Southeast is working with the Floyd County Health Department to provide doses of the Moderna vaccine at a drive-thru clinic. They have a limited number of doses but said they plan to have more for the week of Jan. 18-22.
You can make an appointment at IU Southeast through the process listed above.