Effective Tuesday, Jan. 26, COVID-19 PCR testing will be available in-house within the Good Samaritan laboratory and provide results in one hour. Based on the configuration of the unique testing platform at Good Samaritan, this COVID-19 order will also include an influenza result. The test will appear in Sunrise Clinical Manager as follows:
- SARS CoV2 COVID-19/Influenza A,B
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Through v-safe, you can quickly tell the CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Read more…
New UK HealthCare employees
When a new hire attends their Employee Health onboarding appointment, Employee Health will collect for TB, offer dose one of a COVID-19 vaccine and defer all other vaccines per our COVID-19 vaccination restrictions. Recently hired employees who have come onboard after the initial effort to vaccinate all employees but before this new process was put in place, should follow the procedures outlined below.
Health care workers in need of initial COVID vaccine dose
If you are a health care worker and are still in need of the initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, follow this link to complete the online screening tool.
CLICK HERE to Request a Vaccine
When you select, “health care worker 1a designation,” your name will be pulled and placed at the top of the invitation list each day. Read more…
Q: What should I do if I am allergic to the vaccine or something in the vaccine, or if I had an allergic reaction to the first dose?
A: If you have had an immediate allergic reaction – even if it was not severe – to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
If you had an immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get the second dose. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in allergies and immunology to evaluate further. Read more…
- 12,152 vaccinated to date
- 2,430 vaccinated yesterday
- 2,067 completed boosters
- The allocations have been announced for the next 3 weeks and we are building the vaccine slots to match:
- Week of January 18 (DELIVERY WILL ARRIVE TUESDAY): 9,360 Pfizer new plus 1,170 booster Pfizer [Total 10,530 Pfizer]
- Week of January 25: 8,190 Pfizer new doses; no boosters [Total 8,190 Pfizer]
- Week of February 1: 7,020 Pfizer new doses; 3,000 Moderna boosters and 10,530 Pfizer boosters [Total 20,550 mixed]
- Employee Boosters for this first week will go through Employee Health/UHS clinic.
- We will start on Tuesday at Kroger Field and easily finish dosing through Saturday.
As of Tuesday, January 19, UK HealthCare is consolidating vaccination locations to Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky. This centralized location will enable us to increase vaccinations of patients and the public as we continue to follow the prioritization schedule laid out by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Managers of clinical areas, please ensure that your teams understand the plan. Note that talking points are included on most of the slides.
Q: I’ve recently been positive for COVID. When can I consider being vaccinated?
A: COVID-19 vaccines are safe in persons who had previous COVID-19. Vaccination should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness and they are out of isolation. There is no optimal window for vaccination after an infection, but since reinfection is extremely rare in the first 90 days following an infection, vaccination can be delayed, if desired, up to 90 days post infection.
If you want to pursue vaccination as soon as possible, you should meet these criteria:
- No COVID symptoms for at least 14 days.
- Released from isolation by the health department.
Vince Venditto, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, discusses the COVID-19 vaccines to distinguish fact from fiction.
- Vaccinated 6,084 employees as of 2 p.m. today
- Capacity has been increased to be able to do about 1,100 vaccinations a day using current vaccination locations.
- We received 10,530 Pfizer doses this week.
- Booster shots are underway for those who had their first dose 21 (Pfizer) or 28 (Moderna) days earlier.
- At this pace, we are on track to offer vaccination to remaining UK HealthCare and related employees by the end of this week.
- Read confirmation emails carefully. Some booster doses are being given at different locations than the first dose.
- We will be designated a regional vaccination center in order to support the state in getting Phase 1a health care personnel and first responders vaccinated.
- Next step is patients, following state guidance on the allocation prioritization.
- When we shift to vaccinating non-employee groups, vaccination locations, including those for boosters, may change. Continue to watch for updates.