LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - As the city of Louisville starts looking toward the next phases of COVID-19 vaccinations, community partners are stepping up to make sure there’s no shortage of places that eligible people can get a vaccine.
Still though, doses are limited across the country.
In Louisville, city leaders have praised the progress of Louisville’s mass vaccination at Broadbent Arena. However, as those officials explained weeks ago, there needs to be more places for widespread vaccinations in order to achieve a total success.
Local hospitals - UofL, Norton and Baptist Health - have been vaccinating their employees for weeks, and now they’re also playing a part in vaccinating others. At Norton Healthcare, a new online link is making a difference.
“We put this link in place really to help self-schedule,” said Dr. Steven Hester, Norton Chief Medical Officer.
Hester said by following this link on their website, non-Norton employees can get vaccinated if they are eligible under city vaccination guidelines.
“You go in, enter some basic information that you would for any medical appointment,” Hester said. “In doing that, you should be able to get tested within the next 1-2 days.”
There’s currently a national shortage of vaccines in places across the country, but when the federal government can provide an ample supply, Louisville’s Department of Health and Wellness said it’s going to take support from community partners like Norton.
“Everyone’s trying to see how they can get more vaccines at a federal level,” Hester said, “and so as that vaccine becomes available, we’ll be here to help vaccinate folks, but I think as frustrating as it is for us, patience is part of this process.”
Right now, Norton is helping vaccinate health care workers as part of phase 1A, as the city also focuses on other groups.
They’re asking employees at UofL and Baptist Health to continue trying to get vaccinated at their employer.