LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s a mission the University of Kentucky strives to live up to each and every day – to be the University of, for, and with Kentucky.
Now, you can be part of that mission to meet this unprecedented moment and help create a healthier, safer community. Kentuckians, regardless of the phase they fall into, are encouraged to request an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through UK’s vaccination clinic at vaccine.ukhc.org.
The need is significant: The numbers of new COVID-19 cases have plateaued this week in Kentucky after multiple weeks of declines. Incidence rates are up across much of the country and around the world. A vaccine is the best defense against a re-emergence or surge of the virus.
And it’s never been easier to get a vaccine: The clinic schedule is full for this week and early next week, but in the days that follow, thousands of appointments are available.
Registration, to indicate your interest in being vaccinated, is easy. Go to vaccine.ukhc.org to register. You will quickly receive an invitation to schedule an appointment.
“Every Kentuckian we vaccinate means one more person who won’t end up in the hospital, on a ventilator, or worse,” said Dr. Ashley A. Montgomery-Yates, with UK HealthCare. “Each shot given moves us one step closer to the end of this pandemic.”
You may be considering what a COVID-19 vaccine means for you and your family. To offer support as you make that decision, we’ve compiled facts and figures, as well as insights from experts.
High vaccination rates are seen as a key to achieving herd immunity, particularly as health officials have warned that progress against the pandemic is stalling. After 11 weeks of consecutive decline, Kentucky’s rate of new COVID-19 cases has plateaued. At least 1,437,557 Kentuckians have received their initial dose of a vaccine.
Fayette County has 27.6 percent of its population fully vaccinated as of early this week. The two counties ahead of Fayette are Woodford (28.5 percent) and Pike (27.6 percent), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of those fully inoculated is an important statistic, but not nearly enough to achieve the levels of immunity necessary to protect the entire community.
Register Now to Receive Your Shot of Hope
Kentuckians, 16 years of age and older, shouldn’t hesitate in signing up — as neighboring states are seeing rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and there is no shortage of available doses.
All residents of Kentucky, as well as those who may reside in a different state but study or work in Kentucky, should follow the steps below to request a vaccine:
- Register at vaccine.ukhc.org. Upon completion, individuals will receive a receipt of confirmation.
- Check email regularly. When it’s time to schedule an appointment per state guidance, individuals will receive a unique access code at the same email used in the request form. This access code never expires and cannot be shared with anyone else.
- Schedule your appointment using this access code. If the dates available do not work with your schedule, keep checking back as more appointments are added based on vaccine supply from the state.
- Email [email protected] for any questions. A team member will respond within 24-48 hours.
To date, the university and UK HealthCare, in partnership with UK Athletics, UK’s Emergency Operation Center, the Office of Student Success, and thousands of volunteers, have administered nearly 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
While that number is promising, there’s still more work to be done.