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Expanding Vaccination To 18 And Older Generated Quick Interest At Fayette Health Department

Stu Johnson

Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says a move to expand coronavirus vaccinations to anyone 18 and older generated a significant response.

Hall said eligibility was expanded last week following a lull in sign-ups for older citizens.  He noted the list for 18-year-olds and above filled up in two to three hours. “We’ve heard from several people that ‘I wanted others that have underlying conditions or I wanted to make sure our grandparents were able to get the vaccine first, which really says a lot about the people of Lexington.  They were waiting.  They were being patient.  But, as soon as that opportunity came for them to get it and it was open to everyone, they acted fast,” said Hall. 

Hall said Lexington’s daily cases have been falling.    He said the seven-day rolling average is 35.  But, Hall added 52 new cases were reported Thursday, so it’s important to maintain preventive measures.  “There is the chance for it to creep back up.  We need people to continue to follow the guidelines because right now not enough people in Kentucky have gotten vaccinated to where we can slow down anything that we’ve been doing,” explained Hall. 

Hall said mask use and social distancing are still important.  Hall noted about 19% of Lexington’s overall COVID-19 cases involve people 25 to 34 and is the highest group. 

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