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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine to Kentucky’s 4.4 million residents will likely take a year or more to complete, the state’s top doctor said in a news release Friday. The Kentucky Department for Public Health expects the first shipment of a vaccine to arrive “in late 2020 or early 2021,” according to a news release.The agency has filed a 48-page draft plan that outlines how the state plans to get the vaccine first to certain health care workers and first responders — “those most at risk,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Stack said in the release. “The plan will accommodate vaccinating these essential workers in every county across the commonwealth,” Stack said. “… Supplies of the vaccine will be limited, at first. This is the reason for a phased distribution approach.”Following a framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution created by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Kentucky’s draft plan outlines “candidate groups that will be given serious consideration as priority groups” for receiving the vaccine.
A draft of Kentucky’s COVID-19 distribution plan (Courtesy of Kentucky Public Health)
“Ultimately, (Kentucky Department for Public Health) and the Vaccine Allocation Committee will use new guidance in conjunction with previous published …
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