COVID-19 vaccines

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 April 16.)

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.

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 severe 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 others 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 the guidance at your workplace.

 

Multilingual COVID-19 vaccine information.

Kentucky Vaccine information in Spanish.

As of Thursday, April 15 (information provided by CDC):

 

Dose Report 4-16

  • Total number of fully vaccinated residents of Fayette County = 109,533
  • Percent of total population fully vaccinated = 33.9%
  • Total number of fully vaccinated residents 18 years of age and older = 109,132
  • Percent of residents18 years of age and older fully vaccinated = 42.6%
  • Total number of fully vaccinated residents 65 years of age and older = 32,208
  • Percent of residents 65 years of age and older fully vaccinated = 71.9%

 

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 (Governor Andy Beshear has paused use of this vaccine in Kentucky during a federal review of the vaccine's safety)
    • 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.

Vaccination locations

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.

Need a ride to get your vaccine? There are a few services providing free transportation.

Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass is offering FREE rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those in need. Schedule a ride by calling 1 (888) 848-0989.

Free transportation

 

Also, iTN Bluegrass is offering FREE rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those adults 60 years and older with vision impairments. Schedule a ride by calling (859) 252-8665.

iTN Transportation

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 are open to anyone age 16 and older.
  • 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:
    • The University of Kentucky is urging residents, age 16 and older, from across the state to request a vaccine appointment at this location.
    • This location operates 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 
    • 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 20,000 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.

 

Wild Health Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinic (BCTC Newtown Campus)

  • A partnership between the City and Wild Health is allowing for a limited number of vaccines to be available for a pilot drive-thru vaccination clinic.
  • The clinic will take place 4 – 7 p.m., Monday, April 19 at the BCTC Newtown Campus (enter off Loudon Avenue)
  • An appointment is required, schedule here or call 859-217-4679.

 

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.
  • 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

 

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

  • Providing vaccinations for those 18 and older who live or work in Fayette County. Vaccinations are available 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.

    • 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 covid19vaccine@lfchd.org.

  • The ability to get vaccinated will require an appointment.

 

Walgreens Pharmacies (16 locations)

 

Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington Green (116 Lexington Green Circle)

 

Kroger Pharmacies and Little Clinics (16 locations)

  • Now scheduling appointments at various locations
  • To schedule an appointment, visit here.

 

Redding Drug (431 Redding Road, Suite 140)

  • Currently offering vaccinations.
  • Appointments are required to be vaccinated, schedule here.

 

CVS Pharmacy (3097 Todds Road)

 

Walmart (4051 Nicholasville Road)

 

Meijer (2 locations)

 

Grassroots Pharmacy (2304 Sir Barton Way, Suite 195)

 

Hubbard & Curry Med-Save Pharmacy (2387 Professional Heights Drive)

  • Vaccinations available by appointment only, call 859-278-8408.

 

C&C Pharmacy (3122 Mapleleaf Drive)

 

Wheeler Pharmacy (336 Romany Road)

 

Lexington VA Health Care System, Bowling Campus (1101 Veterans Drive)

  • Veterans of any age can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lexington VA Health Care System by walking in, signing up for an appointment or sending a secure message to their primary care providers through MyHealtheVet.
  • Vaccinations are available 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Sign-up for an appointment here
  • For more information call (859) 233-4511 ext. 4814.

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.

Starting Monday, April 5, vaccination registrations will be available for Phases 1A, 1B, 1C, 2 and 3. Providers will prioritize appointments based on guidelines within these phases.

Phase Description

1 A

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) *Beginning March 22, Phase 1C includes anyone age 50 or older.

Frontline essential workers include:

  • Healthcare personnel
  • First responders (Firefighters, Police)
  • Corrections
  • Education (teachers, support staff, daycare)
  • Food & agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • U.S. Postal service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

 

Other essential workers include:

  • Transportation and logistics
  • Foodservice shelter & housing (construction)
  • Finance
  • IT & communication
  • Energy
  • Media
  • Legal
  • Public safety (engineers)
  • Water & wastewater
  • Clergy

 

Conditions considered at increase risk of severe illness include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • 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))
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

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 mayor@lexingtonky.gov.

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.

Lex Do This!

Lex Do This!

It's time to roll up our sleeves and you can help! Here's how:

1. Post on social media. We've provided the graphics and a video – all you need to do is post on your social platforms, along with the most important thing: your reasons for getting vaccinated when it's your turn! Feel free to make your own video, use ours or both. Don't forget to use the hashtag #LEXDOTHIS

2. Send an email. Whether it's to your customers, your employees, your congregation, a quick email can help spread the word too. We've included graphics for your email to make it even easier.

3. Get vaccinated. When it's your turn, get vaccinated against COVID-19 – it's safe, easy and effective!

Together, we can help spread the word and protect our community – for our neighbors, for our friends and for our future.

A special thanks to the organizations who have made this campaign possible:

 Cornett 

BGCF

  UWBG Lynn Imaging VisitLex

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Vaccines general information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as a valuable resource of information on the COVID-19 vaccines. More information

The Kentucky Department of Public Health provides information and tools related to Kentucky's access to COVID-19 vaccines. More information

To find when you are eligible to receive a vaccination, visit the Team Kentucky website or call 855-598-2246.