While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
Due to the limited availability of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments are extremely limited. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work diligently to get our limited allocation of vaccines out to those in our community who meet current KDPH criteria as quickly as possible.
Anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should complete St. Claire HealthCare’s vaccine eligibility screening form using the link below to receive vaccine availability alerts. We’ll ask some questions about your employment and risk factors to determine when you will be eligible to receive a vaccine. When you become eligible, and appointments are available, you will receive an automated call with instructions on how to schedule your vaccination appointment.
CURRENT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Residents of St. Claire HealthCare's service region who meet the criteria below are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Healthcare worker,
- First responder, OR
- Age 70 or older
St. Claire's service region includes Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Magoffin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, and Wolfe counties.
K-12 Personnel: While K-12 school personal are considered a priority group and are in Phase 1b per KDPH, distribution will be by a separate process not managed by local hospitals. Please contact your local school district for more information if you are in this category.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should receive the COVID vaccine?
We recommend everyone receive a COVID vaccination, even if you've already contracted the virus. We know how critical this vaccine is to the health of our community and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure everyone who needs or wants to be vaccinated has that opportunity as soon as possible.
Under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the Moderna vaccine is approved for patients 18 years of age and older and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those 16 years of age and older.
How effective is the vaccine?
You need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A second dose will be administered at least 28 days after your first does of the Moderna vaccine or at least 21 days after your first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.
Are the vaccines safe?
St. Claire HealthCare's medical staff are so confident in the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine that they voted with overwhelming support to make the vaccination an expectation for all physicians.
It is the U.S. vaccine safety system’s job to make sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety has been a top priority while federal partners have worked to make COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the United States.
The new COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of individuals, who volunteered to be vaccinated and to participate in clinical trials. The information from these clinical trials allowed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. These clinical trials were conducted according to rigorous standards set forth by FDA.
FDA has determined that the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet its safety and effectiveness standards. Therefore, FDA has made these vaccines available for use in the United States under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization.
What are the possible side effects?
Some people can experience mild side effects from some vaccines, such as soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever, but they dissipate quickly. According to WHO, serious side effects from vaccines rarely occur. In fact, many adverse effects are so rare that their risk cannot be accurately assessed statistically.
How do you determine who gets vaccinated first?
St. Claire HealthCare is following the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s phased approach to vaccinations. Everyone who properly completes our vaccine eligibility screening form will be placed on a waiting list and will be prioritized by our clinical vaccine advisory committee as vaccines become available.