Kentucky Publishes Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

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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.

HHS Launches Coronavirus Data Hub

Last week, hospitals were directed to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network and report coronavirus-related information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More information on the shift of reporting is also available here. This week, HHS launched its Coronavirus Data Hub, which purports to report a more robust and comprehensive data set. The change has been met with skepticism and concern among various groups in the healthcare industry.

Employers and the Coronavirus Disease

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With continued breaking headlines from news outlets regarding the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID19) throughout the world, and its capacity for disruption to the international economy, employers are questioning what, if any, specific actions they should consider in forming their own response plan. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer valuable tips for employers in responding to employee concerns. Click here to continue reading.