COVID-19 vaccines

By partnering with state and local public health officials, Lexington is working to safely and effectively distribute vaccinations. Nearly 86% of residents able to get a vaccine have received at least their first dose. Working together, we continue to protect our community at a higher rate than the rest of our nation. (This page was last updated on October 22.)

Testing is still an important tool in reducing the spread of the virus. You can find COVID-19 testing information here.

The CDC has approved use of a booster dose for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. Find the booster dose guidelines here.

You can find the statewide vaccine information by visiting vaccine.ky.gov or calling the vaccine hotline at 1 (855) 598-2246.

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.

Continue to follow public health guidelines in regards to those who are not fully vaccinated – 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.

Multilingual COVID-19 vaccine information.

Kentucky Vaccine information in Spanish.

As of Sunday, October 17 (data provided by CDC):

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  • Total number of Fayette County residents receiving at least one dose = 246,271
  • Total number of fully vaccinated residents of Fayette County = 208,018
  • Percent of the total population receiving at least one dose = 76.2%
  • Percent of the total population fully vaccinated = 64.4%
  • Percent of those age 12+ receiving at least one dose = 88.6%
  • Percent of those age 12+ fully vaccinated = 74.8%
  • Percent of adults, age 18+, receiving at least one dose = 89.7%
  • Percent of adults, age 18+, fully vaccinated = 76.2%
  • Percent of adults, age 65+, receiving at least one dose = 99.9%
  • Percent of adults, age 65+, fully vaccinated = 94.2%

 

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.
    • The CDC has approved a booster dose 6 months following a second dose. Find guidelines on who is able to get the booster dose here.
    • Recommended for people age 12 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.
    • The CDC has approved a booster dose 6 months following a second dose. Find guidelines on who is able to get the booster dose here.
    • 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.
    • The CDC has approved a booster dose 2 months following the initial dose. Find guidelines on who is able to get the booster dose here.
    • 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.

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.

If you are confined to your home, you can request to be vaccinated through the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Call (859) 899-2222.

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


UK HealthCare

  • Vaccine clinic locations include:
    • Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy (740 South Limestone), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pfizer only
    • Turfland Retail Pharmacy (2195 Harrodsburg Road), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna
    • University Health Pharmacy (830 South Limestone), 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna (Fridays only)
    • 2317 Alumni Park Plaza (Indoors only), 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. - Noon, Saturday, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna
    • Blue Box Theater, Gatton Student Center, University of Kentucky (160 Avenue of Champions), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna
  • Request to be vaccinated:
    • For those who cannot access online tools or need assistance, call (859) 218-0111.
  • For more information, visit ukvaccine.org.
  • If you are a UK faculty member, staff member or student, you can find information on vaccination plans online.

 

Wild Health Vaccination Clinics

  • An appointment is required, schedule or call (859) 217-4679.
    • A number of locations are being utilized as clinics. Check the schedule link above for available locations and dates.

 

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

  • Providing vaccinations for those who live or work in Fayette County. 

    • Dates and times of those clinics will be announced by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

    • To learn more, visit lfchd.org/vaccine or call (859) 899-2222.

Walgreens Pharmacies

 

Baptist Health Lexington

 

Kroger Pharmacies and Little Clinics

 

Redding Drug (431 Redding Road, Suite 140)

  • Currently offering vaccinations.
  • Appointments are required to be vaccinated.

 

CVS Pharmacies

 

Walmart Pharmacies

 

Meijer Pharmacies

 

Grassroots Pharmacy (2304 Sir Barton Way, Suite 195)

  • Offering vaccinations while supply is available.
  • Learn more.

 

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

  • Vaccinations are 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 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.
  • Sign-up for an appointment.

Vaccination distribution phases

A phased vaccination distribution approach was developed by the Kentucky Department of Public Health for the initial availability of the vaccine. Below, you will find the phases and descriptions as the roll-out of the vaccine began in Kentucky in early 2021.

At this time, anyone age 12 or older is eligible for vaccination. The CDC has approved booster doses for those who have received the vaccine. Find booster dose guidelines here.

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)

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Roll Up Our Sleeves

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! 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. 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