PMC one of 11 Ky. hospitals getting first round of COVID vaccine

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pikeville Medical Center is one of 11 hospitals in Kentucky that will receive the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Gov. Andy Beshear made that announcement during his coronavirus briefing Thursday afternoon.

A total of 12,675 doses have been earmarked for frontline medical workers during the initial shipment, which is expected to arrive in about two weeks. PMC will receive 975 doses.

“The initial allocation sites were chosen because they are large enough to handle the minimum pallet or size of the Pfizer vaccine that is shipped, and that is 975,” Gov. Beshear said. “You can’t get a shipment that’s less than that. They were selected because the CDC says that they had to have ultra-low cold storage. They were selected because they had completely enrolled as a COVID provider, and not everybody is completely enrolled yet. We wanted a good coverage area in Kentucky, so you see we have sites in western, eastern and south-central Kentucky, as well as some of our most populated areas. We also looked at high incidence-rate sites.”

The latest numbers nearly 3,900 new cases reported on Thursday, the second-highest day yet. That brings the total to more than 190,000.
Thirty-four more Kentuckians died on Thursday, raising the death toll to 2,014.

More than 1,800 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 415 in intensive care and 240 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate once again set a new high during widespread testing, and is now above 10 percent.