Kentuckians getting COVID-19 vaccine will be part of national registry

The first doses are for health care and first responders are expected in several weeks.
The first doses are for health care and first responders are expected in several weeks.(WKYT)
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 11:03 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - When COVID-19 vaccinations are administered, Kentuckians will be part of a new registry.

You might have a new kind of identification saying you received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack talked about the registry during Wednesday’s briefing.

Laurel County health officials, like those all over Kentucky, are anxiously waiting to receive COVID-19 vaccines. High tech specialized coolers await the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Laurel County Health Department.

Health department representative Mark Hensley says he was told their first doses could arrive in late December or early January, but it will probably be late spring or even early summer before everyone is vaccinated.

The first phase will be for health care workers, first responders, and those with underlying health conditions. Each person that gets the vaccine will receive a special registry card.

“On that card, it will have the manufacturer of the vaccine, have the lock number, the date of the first dose, the due date of the second dose,” Hensley said.

When people get those vaccine doses, they will be part of a national registry. Dr. Stack says it’s called the National Immuno Registry so that health officials will know which vaccine people received, along with how many doses. He says it’s being done to remind people to get their second dose and also as a safeguard to make sure people don’t get too many doses.

“The federal government is going to provide vaccination cards that we will provide for people when they get a vaccine,” Stack said. “I don’t want to minimize this. This, and other parts of this, are just parts of what makes this a complex undertaking.”

Dr. Stack also said this registry concept is not new and has been used with other vaccinations.

Governor Beshear says some of the larger pharmacies are already working with the registry to make sure everything works the way it’s supposed to in long term care facilities.

Partner organizations or agencies cannot charge for the vaccine, but Kentucky public health officials say it’s possible that some companies could be allowed to charge an administrative fee.

Health officials say they are working to limit the amount of that.

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