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Story Headline: Local School Employees Can Get Vaccine Next Week
Author: Tim Brockwell

Beginning next week, COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available to area school employees who choose to be vaccinated.

Purchase District Health Department Director Kent Koster said McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton County schools will be vaccinated next week. Paducah Independent Schools, Community Christian Academy and St. Mary will be vaccinated the following week.

All who get vaccinated will receive a second dose 28 days after they get their first shot to complete the inoculation process.

"As it stands right now, we're gonna be getting in vaccine beginning next week to vaccinate all school personnel. We'll receive some additional vaccine the week after next to complete all school personnel. So, in all five counties all school personnel will have been vaccinated within two weeks." Koster said.

The original plan was to make the vaccine available to school employees at local pharmacies and health departments, but Koster says that has changed. He says the vaccine will be now administered at the schools through a partnership between public health departments, Baptist Health and school personnel.

Koster said a total of 982 school employees are set to be vaccinated in McCracken County, but he could not provide exact numbers from other counties in the district. He said it's an all hands on deck situation to get all of those shots in arms to help limit further spread of the virus. 

"In McCracken County it's a team approach. Baptist is getting the vaccine, and we're working together as a team between Baptist, the public health department and the schools to coordinate the vaccinations," Koster said.

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:12 AM
URL: http://westkentuckystar.com/Living/Health/Health-Stories/Area-Schools-to-Begin-Vaccinations-Next-Week.aspx