COVID-19 vaccines help us reopen our economy, get our children back in school, return to our places of worship, and be with friends and family again. By partnering with state and local public health officials, Lexington is working to safely and effectively distribute vaccinations. Watch for updates and additions to the information on this page. (This page was last updated on March 3.)
Many of us are eager for our turn to get the vaccine. There are currently limited COVID-19 vaccine doses being distributed by the federal government to states; however, it is expected vaccine supply will increase. Watch below for updates on providers who are actively taking vaccine registrations and appointments.
You can find the statewide vaccine information by visiting vaccine.ky.gov or calling the vaccine hotline at 1-855-598-2246.
Please continue to follow public health guidelines – wear a mask, maintain a social distance and continue to wash your hands repeatedly.
The CDC has released guidelines to follow once you've been fully vaccinated. Some of those include:
- Someone is considered fully vaccinated when:
- 2 weeks after second dose in a 2-dose series (like Pfizer and Moderna vaccines)
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (like Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine)
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for several illness from COVID-19.
- If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- You should still take steps to protect yourself and other in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
- You should still delay domestic and international travel.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19.
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
As of Monday, March 1:
- Total doses administered during the previous week in Fayette County = 28,296
- Cumulative total doses administered in Fayette County = 153,138
Information updated each Monday; numbers do not include Lexington VA Health Care System
There is no cost to get the vaccine. The federal government has purchased all vaccines being administered in the United States.
United States scientific studies show the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and very effective. All approved vaccines have gone through the same vaccine safety system as other vaccines produced over the years.
The vaccine cannot give you the disease and will help you keep from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Once you receive the vaccine, you may experience some side effects, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or getting a mild fever. Having these side effects does not mean you have COVID-19, it merely means the vaccine is working to teach your body how to fight COVID-19.
Different vaccines require different handling processes and follow-up schedules.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- The vaccine must be stored in an Ultra-Cold Freezer (temperatures between -80 degrees and -60 degrees Celsius).
- Two doses required per patient, 21 days apart.
- Recommended for people age 16 years and older.
- Potential side effects include arm pain, swelling and redness, chills, tiredness and headache.
- Studies show this vaccine is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness.
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- The vaccine may be stored in a freezer (temperatures between -25 degrees and -15 degrees Celsius).
- Two doses required per patient, 28 days apart.
- Recommended for people age 18 years and older.
- Potential side effects include arm pain, swelling and redness, chills, tiredness, and headache.
- Studies show this vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness.
- Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine
- The vaccine may be stored in a refrigerator (temperatures between 2 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius).
- One dose required per patient.
- Recommended for people age 18 years and older.
- Potential side effects include arm pain, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, and fever.
- Studies show this vaccine is 85% effective in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 illness.
Vaccines are being administered by the following providers. Follow the webpages and phone numbers for each provider to find out more information and/or register for a vaccine.
The VaccineFinder webpage provides information on locations in your area providing vaccinations. The CDC supports this resource; however, it may not have all locations listed. Check back to the list below for the most up-to-date known locations in Fayette County offering vaccines.
Kentucky Regional Vaccination Center (Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway - vaccines administered inside Alltech Arena on main pedestrian level. Follow directional signage)
- Vaccinations will take place, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays – appointments are required.
- Sign-up online for an appointment, or call 1 (866) 211-5320.
- Appointments will be open to those within phase 1A through 1C.
- Golf cart transportation will be available for those who need assistance with mobility from their vehicle into the arena.
- The vaccination location is operated by Kroger in partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
UK HealthCare (Kroger Field, park in Blue Lot and follow directional signage)
- Request to be vaccinated:
- This location operates 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
- Priority will be given based on state phase guidelines, currently 1A through 1C.
- After you've requested a vaccination, an invitation will be sent to the email address you provide – look for an email from UK HEALTHCARE VACCINATIONS.
- Once receiving the invitation, respond as quickly as possible.
- Approximately 12,500 vaccinations are administered each week at Kroger Field. This number may increase as more vaccine doses become available.
- Vaccinations are only available with an appointment.
- For those who cannot access online tools, or need assistance, call (859) 218-0111.
- For more information, visit ukvaccine.org.
- If you are credentialed to provide vaccinations, please consider volunteering in a clinical or non-clinical position at this location. If you are interested, sign-up to volunteer here.
- If you are a UK faculty member, staff member or student, you can find information on vaccination plans online.
UK HealthCare Mobile Pop-Up Vaccination Units (Various Locations)
- The University of Kentucky, the state, and the City are working together to begin offering outreach clinics every Saturday targeting underserved areas.
- 500 vaccine doses are being allocated by the Kentucky Department of Public Health each weekend for these clinics.
- The purpose of these pop-up locations is to provide more equitable access to vaccinations to those in underserved communities.
- Community organizations are working with UK to identify and invite those who will receive shots each weekend.
- Walk-up appointments or people not scheduled in advance will not be permitted.
- UK and UK HealthCare staff the clinics.
- Clinic locations include:
- February 20: Keeneland, utilizing resources to provide vaccines to the Hispanic community who work in the track's stable area and on Central Kentucky horse farms.
- February 27: First Baptist Church Bracktown
- March 6: Shiloh Baptist Church
- March 13: Charles Young Community Center
- Materials will be provided to patients during their post-vaccine observation period focused on promoting the importance of getting vaccinated among their networks.
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
Providing vaccinations for those in phases 1A – 1C through appointment-only vaccination clinics as available.
Dates and times of those clinics will be announced by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
No walk-ins will be accepted.
The clinics will be limited to those 18 and older who live in or work in Lexington.
To learn more, go to www.lfchd.org/vaccine
Phase 1B (70 + years old) Notification Form: If you are 70 and older, you can receive notifications about future clinics by providing information at COVID-19 Vaccination Notification Form. If you receive your first dose from Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, you will be contacted about scheduling your second dose.
Know this is NOT a guarantee of getting the vaccination. This is a way to be notified about future vaccination clinics as they become available. If you have questions, call (859) 899-2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ability to get vaccinated will require an appointment.
Walgreens Pharmacies - Federal Partner Sites
- Appointments are required to be vaccinated.
- Visit here to see if you're eligible and to schedule your appointment at available locations. Individuals will need to set up a Walgreens account to sign up.
- Locations include:
- 101 East Reynolds Road
- 260 East New Circle Road
- 878 East High Street
- 2001 Harrodsburg Road
- 2209 Richmond Road
- 2284 Versailles Road
- 2290 Nicholasville Road
- 2700 Richmond Road
- 3001 Pink Pigeon Way
- 3120 Pimlico Parkway, #178
- 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, Suite 80
- 3813 Dylan Place
- 4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive, Suite 156
- 6401 Polo Club Lane
- Vaccine quantities are limited.
Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington Green (116 Lexington Green Circle)
- Now scheduling appointments for area residents in vaccine phases 1A through 1C.
- To schedule an appointment, visit scheduleyourvaccine.com
Lexington VA Health Care System, Bowling Campus (1101 Veterans Drive)
Vaccination distribution phases
A phased vaccination distribution approach has been developed by the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Below, you will find the phases and descriptions.
At this time, most providers in Fayette County are taking registrations for Phase 1A through 1C. Providers will prioritize appointments based on guidelines within these phases.
|Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel.|
|1 B||First responders, anyone age 70 or older, K-12 school personnel.|
|1 C||Anyone age 60 or older, anyone age 16 or older with CDC highest risk C19 risk conditions, all essential workers.|
|2||Anyone age 40 or older.|
|3||Anyone age 16 or older.|
|4||Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (est. 18% of the KY population).|
Phase 1 A, B & C Reference (as indicated by Kentucky Public Health)
Frontline essential workers include:
- Healthcare personnel
- First responders (Firefighters, Police)
- Education (teachers, support staff, daycare)
- Food & agriculture
- U.S. Postal service workers
- Public transit workers
- Grocery store workers
Other essential workers include:
- Transportation and logistics
- Foodservice shelter & housing (construction)
- IT & communication
- Public safety (engineers)
- Water & wastewater
Conditions considered at increase risk of severe illness include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index (BMI) of 30kg/m2 or higher, but less than 40 kg/m2))
- Severe obesity (body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40 kg/m2))
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Volunteer to help
If you are a current or retired health professional, we welcome your help in administering vaccinations. Volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.
If you are not a current or retired health professional, but want to help with data entry, vaccination site support and more, send an email to email@example.com.
The University of Kentucky is also looking for individuals to volunteer in clinical positions, and University of Kentucky employees without credentials to volunteer for non-clinical roles. Learn more here.