Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Med Center Health’s response to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation Restrictions

Visitation restrictions are in effect at all Med Center Health hospitals and Cal Turner Rehab & Specialty Care.

Vaccine Doses Given *
Type of vaccine dose 1st 2nd Total
Vaccine Doses Given * 23,317 15,834 39,151

Med Center Health Vaccine Clinic Accepting Reservations Phase 1C

Beginning Monday, March 1, the Med Center Health COVID Vaccine Clinic will begin accepting vaccination appointment requests for individuals who qualify as phase 1C. Priority will be given to those who are age 60+, as well as those from phases 1A and 1B who have not yet been vaccinated.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Available in Clinton County Starting Next Week

The Medical Center at Albany has been designated a Regional Vaccination Location by the Kentucky Governor’s Office and will provide COVID-19 vaccines for persons eligible in Phases 1a and 1b. Vaccinations will be performed at The Welcome Center of Clinton County at 28 Welcome Center Drive in Albany and are by appointment.

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Med Center Health Vaccine Clinic Telephone Number for 1A, 1B

In addition to text and email registration options, Med Center Health has now set up a telephone number for those individuals in 1A and 1B (healthcare workers, first responders, K-12 school personnel, child care personnel, and those 70 and older) to call to make an appointment for a COVID vaccine. Please call 270-796-3200 if you have not yet made an appointment to schedule.

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About the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development  or being distributed are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection

  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine is rapidly changing. Stay up-to-date with the latest by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or U.S. Food and Drug Administration websites.

What is an mRNA Vaccine?

The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are different from traditional vaccines. They’re not made with live, dead, or weak virus. What do you need to know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? What can you expect after you get it? Learn more about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

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