To schedule a COVID Vaccine, click here.
If you need to cancel your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, go to your confirmation email and follow the prompt at the bottom of the screen. All appointments should be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to your appointment if possible, to help OCHD ensure efficiency of vaccine administration.
Oldham County & COVID-19
May 20, 2021:
Oldham County Health Department (OCHD) is scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments weekly. New appointments will be posted to the OCHD website each Wednesday for the upcoming week.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help our community better understand COVID-19 vaccines and steps we are is taking to move our community closer to normal:
Q: Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Which one is OCHD providing and why?
A: OCHD is only receiving and distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. OCHD has developed an efficient process with Moderna and will continue to offer only Moderna vaccine via drive through clinics. Vaccine allocations have increased, and you should be able to find a vaccine appointment of your choosing with minimal searching.
Q: Who currently qualifies for COVID-19 vaccination from OCHD?
A: According to the guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, OCHD’s COVID-19 vaccination priority is: Anyone age 18 older (OCHD distributes Moderna COVID-19 vaccine only. This vaccine has not been approved for anyone younger than 18 years of age.)
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A: Yes. For all vaccines in the United States, there is an extensive development and approval process, and no safety steps were skipped during the development of these vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are held to the same standards as other vaccines to make sure they are safe. Additionally, active monitoring continues, as is the case for all immunizations, to ensure ongoing safety.
Q: Were steps skipped to provide COVID-19 vaccines faster?
A: Even though the COVID-19 vaccines were developed quicker than has ever been done in the past, the speed did not decrease safety. The steps that were shortened were accomplished by the federal government removing financial risk from vaccine manufacturers so they could proceed with multiple steps at the same time instead of doing them one at a time.
Q: What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
A: In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Q: Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask. Why now? What Changed?
A: CDC guidance is based on the available science, a growing number of studies have shown three big things:
- Our vaccines are working in the real world. Studies show them to be >90% effective in the real-world settings in preventing mild and sever diseases, hospitalization and death.
- Our vaccines have proven to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 variants currently circulating in the country.
- If you’re vaccinated, you’re less likely to spread the virus. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have symptomatic infection and to be able to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others.
Taken together, this science is encouraging and shows that vaccinated people are protected and less likely to carry the virus to others. So, with all this evidence in mind, we are recommending that vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask.
Q: What can I do if I have been fully vaccinated?
A: You can resume activities that you did prior to pandemic. You can resume indoor activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations including local business and workplace guidance.
Q: Am I required to wear a mask when I travel?
A: If you travel, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
Q: Are masks required in schools for teachers and students?
A: As of now, the CDC’s school guidance remains unchanged. Anyone entering the school, should wear a mask. Most students will still be unvaccinated. Teachers, school administrators, and staff should continue to follow CDC’s school guidance until more people and children are vaccinated.
Q: Do I still need to wear a mask in a correctional facility or homeless shelter?
A: For now, fully vaccinated residents and employees of correctional facilities and homeless shelters should still wear a mask. Masking in these settings is still recommended because they may face high turnover of residents and a higher risk of transmission.
Q: How will people know if someone is vaccinated?
A: You may not know if someone around you is vaccinated or not, which is why OCHD is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated – because we know the benefits: it protects you, it protects others, and it lets us begin to return to normal. Take advantage of this important tool to stay safe and end the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, available, and free.
To schedule a COVID Vaccine, click here.
To report a positive COVID test, click here.
To find a testing location in our region, click here.
New appointments are posted the 1st business day of each month and as vaccine is available. New appointments will likely be posted each week.
FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA) OF THE MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN INDIVIDUALS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. Most recently revised 12/1/20. To view a copy of the EUA, click here.
"Getting the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine" - To view a copy of the EUA, click here.
Meet the Director: Matt Rhodes, MPH, R.S.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new director for the Oldham County Health Department! Matthew Rhodes has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for many years and we look forward to the expertise he will bring to the Oldham County community. Please click here to read more about Matt's dedication to service!
Are you interested in creating a healthier Oldham County? Join the Coalition for a Health Oldham County to collaborate with community partners on projects that improve the health of youth and adults across the region!
Oldham County Health Department
Chief Health Strategist for all of Oldham County
Impacting the Health of Oldham County Through Community Engagement with Vibrant Cross-Sector Partnerships and Actionable Data
Welcome to the Oldham County Health Department website. Your health is our priority and we are here to serve you. The Oldham County Health Department has been serving the residents of Oldham County for over fifty years. We provide a variety of programs to protect your health and the health of our community. Our clinic is open Monday through Friday, and we offer many services and resources to keep you and your family healthy. We believe that healthy people build a strong community.
Our mission is to protect and promote a healthy community through education, enforcement and empowerment. In order to realize this mission, it is necessary that we control communicable disease, reduce hazards in the environment, provide preventive screenings and encourage healthy lifestyles.
If you need help finding exactly what you are looking for, we would like to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us at (502) 222-3516 and let us know how we can be of assistance to you and your family. Thank you for visiting the Oldham County Health Department website!
Healthy People… Strong Community!
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We are open to everyone! Many of the Health Department’s services are provided at no cost or on a sliding-fee scale. That means you are charged a fee based on your income. Fees are based on state and federal guidelines. You will not be denied services if you can’t pay.