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Metro Health says 53% of Louisville residents vaccinated

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 10:52 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - As of this morning, Louisville Metro Public Health and and Wellness says a little over 1,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Louisville.

In total, 53% of Louisvillians (411,314) have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, the Chief Health Strategist, reminded people Tuesday to get vaccinated because the spread of the virus in the city continues to be almost exclusively among unvaccinated individuals.

“Everyone who is hospitalized, and all of our deaths are all in unvaccinated people,” said Moyer.

Moyer added that if there’s any hope of returning to normal any time soon, more work is needed.

“The vaccine is enough to protect you personally right now, but it’s not enough to protect our community,” said Moyer, “so we need more people getting vaccinated to get those numbers down to green and not have to worry about it, kind of like how we don’t have to worry about getting measles or the chicken pox or other vaccine-preventable diseases every time we go to the grocery store.”

Moyer said the threat of stronger variants, like the Delta variant, can be addressed before they reach Kentucky, but only by full vaccination.

“Older variants, just one vaccine could prevent infection,” said Moyer, “but with the Delta variant, we definitely need two doses, so we have time to get that.”

Moyer said it’s unclear whether or not this vaccine will turn into an annual thing, but for now it’s enough to get what’s available.

Moyer also said she’s hopeful the vaccine hesitancy that has plagued certain communities is a hurdle that be avoided, with the help of community partners.

Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, the Interim Medical Director, added Tuesday that pregnant women who receive the vaccines continue to show no negative signs in childbirth.

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