Baptist Health administers more than 100,000 vaccines

February 26, 2021

Baptist Health Paducah began administering the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 23.

(Paducah, Ky.) Feb. 26, 2021 — Baptist Health has reached a major milestone -- administering more than 100,000 COVID-19 doses (and counting) to patients in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Baptist Health Paducah is responsible for giving 7,450 of those shots.

“A tremendous amount of teamwork has gone into our efforts to give vaccines to healthcare workers, first responders, childcare workers and those age 70 and older, protecting the most vulnerable and those who care for them,” said Baptist Health system CEO Gerard Colman. “Our hospitals were among the first to administer the vaccine, and we’re committed to continue to do so. We plan to vaccinate thousands more as we move through the rollout phases outlined by Kentucky and Indiana.”

Baptist Health hospitals hit the 100,000 mark in just 71 days -- administering their first shots on Dec. 14, 2020, and reaching the milestone on Feb. 23. Of the 100,826 doses given, 64,730 were first doses and 36,096 were second doses.

Baptist Health Paducah began administering the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 23, starting with employees, local healthcare workers and school personnel in Paducah and McCracken County. The hospital is currently vaccinating phases 1a and 1b, including Kentucky residents 70 and older, as well as first responders, educators and childcare workers.

Those who have been vaccinated are encouraged to continue to practice prevention measures, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, keeping your distance from those who do not live with you and staying home when you are sick.

Baptist Health is working to administer vaccines as quickly as possible, but getting to everyone who wants one will take time. Currently, the demand greatly exceeds supply. More appointments will be made available at as additional vaccine shipments are received.

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