COVID-19 vaccine

Montgomery County Health Department

Tennessee counties are saying goodbye to Signup Genius. Local health departments have been relying on the free scheduling website to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination appointments. But the state has now launched a customized online scheduling tool.

Kate Howard

  More than a million Kentuckians will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 1 when Gov. Andy Beshear says regional distribution centers will enter distribution phase 1C.

Kevin Willis / WKYU

The severe weather is expected to cause unsafe conditions, such as slick, snow-covered roads, prompting the closure of more COVID-19 vaccination sites early this week. But Gov. Andy Beshear said he is not concerned about the long-term consequences of rescheduled appointments.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN News

Metro Health officials plan to deploy “strike teams” to vaccinate special populations vulnerable to both COVID-19 and being left behind in the rush for doses, which are in short supply.

Mobile strike teams will set up vaccinate sites in areas of north, northeast and southeast Davidson County, which are the most diverse parts of the city.

The Metro Public Health Department plans to partner with some of the same groups that have helped with COVID testing among minority communities. The department plans to choose locations based on accessibility and “familiarity.”

Putnam County, Tennessee

Tennessee is lowering the threshold to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to age 70.

The state Department of Health estimates that the change means about 300,000 Tennesseans between 70 and 74 will now be eligible to get inoculated.

The age group is about 70% more likely to die and 40% more likely to be hospitalized than those aged 65 to 69. Dr. Lisa Piercey, the state’s health chief, says those data points led to changing the state’s distribution plan, which originally would have made all people 65 and up eligible this month.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky declined for the third straight week as the state accelerated the pace of vaccinations, according to state officials. 

Jess Clark

Kentucky’s daily total of new coronavirus cases was lower than it has been in a month and Gov. Andy Beshear says that’s due to restrictions he implemented before the holidays.

Lisa Autry / WKYU

Kentucky hospitals say they can’t keep up with demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.  A scarcity of supply has given hospitals thousands more appointments than they can accommodate. 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear along with First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman participated in a memorial flag ceremony at the state Capitol in Frankfort to commemorate more than 3,300 Kentuckians who lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Hopkins County Schools

  More than 969,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to long-term care workers, teachers, and additional frontline health care workers around the Ohio Valley.  But a surprising number of workers in some key sectors are hesitant or are refusing to get a shot, including some rural school staff in Kentucky, nursing facility workers in Ohio, and correctional facility employees in West Virginia.