On October 16, 2020, the Kentucky Department of Public Health published a first draft vaccination plan for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Kentucky’s local health departments and provider organizations as it becomes available in late 2020 or in 2021. The draft vaccination plan considers the phases of vaccination set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and identifies targeted groups for each phase of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations in Kentucky:
Phase 1: Potentially limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available—initial efforts will focus on critical populations of healthcare personnel and critical infrastructure workers and medically and situationally vulnerable populations, such as congregate care setting and correctional facility residents.
Phase 2: Large number of vaccine doses available—supplement supply to unvaccinated critical populations (see Phase 1) and expand to essential workers and workers in high public contact jobs, including social service support workers, education personnel, grocery workers, and transportation workers.
Phase 3: Sufficient supply of vaccine doses for entire population—administer vaccines to vulnerable general population (e.g., age 60+, comorbidities), high-risk children, pregnant women, and other high-risk adults, and critical infrastructure workers not included in previous phases.
Phase 4: General population.