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Kentucky Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout When It's Available

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Encouraging news that a COVID-19 vaccine will likely be avaiilable in the new year is being tempered by the logistical challenges of rolling out such a massive mandate. 

Kentucky officials submitted their vaccine strategy plan to the federal government in October.  Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander says Kentucky will vaccinate frontline and essential workers first.  Friedlander adds a plan is in place, but funding the coronavirus rollout will be challenging.

"I am hopeful that the federal government will continue to assist states as we continue the type of contact tracing that we're doing, which is all very important," Friedlander said.  "So, we will need some additional support certainly for the vaccination program, but there is some available and we'll make sure that it happens."

Friedlander says Kentucky has an effective vaccine protocol in place and will use those normal channels once a COVID-19 vaccine is available. 

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