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COVID-19 Vaccine General Information to Patients

The COVID vaccine has been recommended to receive Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, but it is not yet available to the general public. The initial allocations are shipping in limited quantities and have been prioritized for high-risk healthcare workers, first responders, and long-term care facility residents.

St. Elizabeth continues to work directly with the Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to follow the vaccine prioritization guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Supplies are limited right now, so the vaccine will be distributed to the community in phases based on risk of exposure and disease severity, as outlined by the CDC.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER OR COME TO THE HOSPITAL IN AN ATTEMPT TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE. We realize the urgency felt by the community at this time but doing so will overwhelm our staff and prevent us from caring for those that are currently sick. We must follow CDC guidelines for vaccine distribution.

As additional information and timeframes become available, we will provide updates on our website at, including critical information on where and how to get a COVID-19 test.

How long will it take for the general public to be vaccinated after a vaccine is approved? It is not clear at this point in time when a vaccine for the general public will be available, yet it may be at least six months to one year after approval. The timeline depends on how rapidly vaccine doses can be produced and distributed.

Current Visitor Restrictions

Due to the rapidly changing situation, we ask that you visit our website here for the most up to date information on visitors.

COVID Response

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Physicians wants to ensure our patients, visitors and staff remain healthy. Due to the rapidly changing environment, please contact your physician’s office or hospital department to get the latest information about requirements for your visit or test. You can also visit our websites at St Elizabeth Physicians and St Elizabeth Healthcare.

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