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Covid Vaccine Update
February 26, 2021:
Beginning Monday, March 1, Oldham County Health Department (OCHD) will begin prospectively scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations on the first business day of every month at 1:00 p.m. Appointments will be posted to the OCHD website and available to anyone who lives or works in Oldham County and meets OCHD priority guidelines below.
As federal government allocations of the COVID-19 Vaccine are slowly distributed, Oldham County Health Department will be posting more appointments to serve a wider audience in our community. We continue to distribute vaccine as quickly as we receive them in the most equitable way possible. Anyone who wishes to get the COVID-19 Vaccine will be served as swiftly as supply allows.
Due to feedback received, we have created a list of frequently asked questions to help our community better understand the local process of COVID-19 Vaccine distribution:
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:
- Phase 1A Healthcare personnel
- Phase 1B Oldham County residents age 70 or older, First Responders, and K-12 School Personnel, and Licensed Childcare Personnel
- Phase 1C Oldham County residents age 60 or older (beginning March 1, 2021)
OCHD is not a designated regional vaccine site. Any appointments made that do not meet the 60+ priority will be cancelled. Future appointments will be open to all essential workers and anyone age 18 or older with CDC highest risk C19 conditions when the 60+ population has been fully served.
Q: Is OCHD prospectively scheduling appointments for Oldham County residents?
A: Due to COVID-19 vaccine allocation changes and assurance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, OCHD will start scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments monthly instead of weekly. We will no longer offer new appointments on Fridays at 1:00 as we have done in the past. The new process will offer more appointment options at one time, allow our residents more planning time, and improve operations for our team to better serve our community. OCHD will begin prospectively scheduling online appointments on the first business day of each month beginning March 1, 2021.
Q: I was told to schedule my COVID-19 vaccine at OCHD online, but my neighbor got a phone call from OCHD to schedule his appointment. How did that happen?
A: The limited supply of vaccine is creating fierce competition for scarce resources. OCHD has attempted to create an equitable appointment scheduling system for our community. As we focus on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 60 or older, some individuals in this population do not have access to a computer or smart phone. Some individuals do not have anyone that can assist them with online scheduling. To address this issue, we created a list of individuals who have contacted us requesting technological assistance. When new vaccine becomes available, we distribute the appointments among online registrations and some phone registrations. If you have access to a computer, online registration is recommended. We are attempting to serve everyone on a first come first served basis if they meet the criteria above.
Q: Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Which one is OCHD providing and why?
A: Like all 61 health departments in Kentucky, OCHD is only receiving and distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine dictates more stringent storage guidelines than the Moderna vaccine. Local health departments do not have the equipment needed to meet these guidelines. Because of this, all local health departments across 120 counties are only eligible to receive the Moderna vaccine. This adds additional limitations to the amount of vaccine health departments receive.
Q: I got my prime COVID-19 Vaccine in Florida, can I get my boost COVID-19 Vaccine at OCHD?
A: No. The Kentucky Department for Public Health distributes boost vaccine doses based on the number of prime doses already administered by OCHD. Individuals must schedule their second vaccine at the same location they received their first vaccine for the quantity of boost doses provided to equal the prime doses already administered. Only extremely rare circumstances would allow us to change this guidance.
Q: I already completed all the required paperwork for my first vaccine. Why do I have to fill out all the same paperwork again for my second vaccine?
A: The reason OCHD requires the repeat of paperwork completion prior to your second vaccine is multi-faceted. Primarily, we are required to have you complete a second Patient Encounter Form (PEF) dated with your signature for consent of your second dose. Secondly, we need the new form to track lot numbers for vaccine. Ultimately, we need the completed second form with your signature for data entry and insurance billing information.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work tirelessly in service to all Oldham County residents. As we receive vaccine for the public, we will open more appointments. Appointments will be added to our website on the first business day of each month. We strongly encourage appointments be made online and will be on a first come first served basis.
If there are no appointments available or none of the appointments available are convenient for you, please check back on our website at the beginning of each month for new appointment options.
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!
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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.
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