Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 125 pharmacies, including multiple sites in Eastern Kentucky, among other entities, will start offering COVID-19 vaccines.
Beshear announced on Feb. 11 that the pharmacies will become COVID-19 vaccine federal partnership site locations and will offer COVID-19 vaccines. These pharmacies consist of 78 Walgreens branches and 47 Good Neighbor independent pharmacies, and approximately 13,000 additional first doses were recently delivered to these pharmacies. In total, there are now more than 150 vaccination sites in Kentucky, in addition to local health department vaccination programs.
Beshear emphasized the significance of the new vaccination sites.
“We are efficient. We have built a system that can administer more vaccinations than we are currently getting,” Beshear said. “These new sites are a big deal. They are going to move us forward and build out what we need so when supply increases, we are ready to get it out even more quickly to communities across the state.”
Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, who is the director of the Vaccine Distribution Project, also issued a statement regarding the new sites.
“Each new site we open offers additional capacity to administer more vaccines than we currently have supply to give them. The good news is that, as supply increases, each site will be able to ramp up immediately to reach more people without start-up delays,” Gray said. “The logistics are incredibly complex, but we're continuously increasing both our capacity and our efficiency to eventually meet the needs in every Kentucky community.”
The Eastern Kentucky site locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines include:
• Care More Pharmacy - 151 Dorton-Jenkins Highway, Dorton.
• Citizens Drugs - 13380 Phelps 632 Road, Phelps.
• East Kentucky Drug Inc. - 160 Conn Street Suite 2, Ivel.
• Economy Drug Company Inc. - 180 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville.
• Elkhorn Drug - 105 East Elkhorn Street, Elkhorn City.
• Kimper Pharmacy - 9711 State Highway 194 East, Kimper.
• Nova Pharmacy - 1330 South Mayo Trail Suite 102, Pikeville.
• Walgreens - 11349 State Highway 1056, McCarr.
• Optimum Wellness Center - 716 Broadway Street, Paintsville.
• Total Pharmacy Care #3 - 4845 KY Route 321, Prestonsburg.
• Walgreens - 103 Glynnview Plaza, Prestonsburg.
Check each individual pharmacy for appointment scheduling.
In addition, Beshear announced six new regional vaccination sites and said that COVID-19 vaccines will also now be available at mobile clinics, 10 Kroger stores and 15 Walmart stores across the state. The new regional vaccine sites include TJ Health in Columbia, Kroger in Frankfort, KDMC Carter Co. Clinic in Grayson, Deaconess Henderson in Henderson, Lawrence Co. Health Dept. in Louisa and Deaconess Union in Morganfield.
Eastern Kentucky’s regional vaccination sites include: Tug Valley ARH, Pikeville Medical Center, ARH Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center, McDowell ARH Hospital, Whitesburg ARH Hospital, Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital, Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center and Whitesburg ARH Hospital, among others.
COVID-19 vaccines will also now be available at select Walmart stores in Corbin, Berea, Campbellsville, Carrollton, Central City, Crestwood, La Grange, Mayfield, Paducah, Paintsville, Richmond, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville, Tompkinsville and Winchester. Appointments are required. Visit, walmart.com/CovidVaccine, for more information.
Kentuckians who live in the counties of Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin can call Eastern Kentucky’s new regional call center in order to receive help with registering with a local healthcare provider for a vaccination. The center will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it is meant to help those who do not have available access to a computer or the Internet.
There are four phone numbers that can be used to contact the call center: (606)437-3862, (606)437-3863, (606)437-3865, and (606)437-3866.