University of Kentucky to vaccinate campus employees, some students

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 18:23:24-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky is expanding its vaccine rollout to include campus workers and some students.

Since December, UK has given more than 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines, mostly to health care workers. While UK spokesman Jay Blanton says most of the front-line workers on the list have been vaccinated, UK continues to receive thousands of doses.

"You can't sit there and hold them for a month. We get doses from Pfizer and Moderna once a week, and we have to use them within that week," Blanton said.

And that's why UK has started its second phase of distribution on campus.

"So that gets into faculty and staff, in some cases, students who might be working in health care settings or research settings, might be 65 or older, might be working in settings where they're around a lot of people on campus, that could be the custodian or the faculty member," Blanton said.

While some might be wondering why certain students qualify to get the vaccine, Blanton says in the end, the students are a part of our community.

"Our goal is to vaccinate as much of our campus as possible during the course of this semester," Blanton said.

In the meantime, Blanton says UK is working on a plan to widely distribute the vaccine in the city.