Lexington-Fayette County Health Department working to get hesitant people vaccinated

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Kevin Hall with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said the first four months were filled with eager people, but it’s slowed down recently.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington health leaders still want people to get vaccinated.

So far, 59 percent of eligible people in Fayette County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s third in the state. However, the health department is still busy trying to make that number even bigger.

Kevin Hall with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said the first four months were filled with eager people, but it’s slowed down recently.

Now, they’re focused on bringing the vaccine to people who might be hesitant, which is proving to be a challenge.

Hall said they’re hoping to make vaccinations easier for people in the county by looking at maps to determine which neighborhoods are the least vaccinated so they can bring the shots to those areas.

He also said each clinic offers a different vaccine, so people can basically choose which one of the three they want.

By making these adjustments, they’re able to get more shots into arms.

“Everyone who comes out now, we celebrate with them,” Hall said. “We have a person who provides a sticker to every person who gets the shot to let them know how appreciative we are of them getting that vaccine. Make them know that they are public health heroes because they are helping to fight this pandemic. So, anyone who’s been on the fence, we’re there for them to be a part of this with them.”

Now, that the Pfizer vaccine is available to children 12 and older, Hall said their next challenge is reaching out to parents.

Woodford and Franklin counties lead the state with the highest percentage of vaccinated people.

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