Monroe Co. Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Planning

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available in phases so all Kentuckians will have access to a vaccination if they choose. Kentucky is currently in Phase 1a and working into Phase 1b. As of date, the health department has only been allocated vaccine for Monroe County’s Phase 1a healthcare personnel and has administered all of those allocated doses. Long-term care facilities are receiving vaccinations through a federal/state contract with Walgreens and CVS pharmacies. The health department is currently awaiting the availability of more vaccine, and the approval from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, to begin Phase 1b. There may be other counties in the State that are already vaccinating Phase 1b. Entities were approved to move to the next Phase if vaccine doses remained once their Phase 1a recipients were vaccinated, rather than hold those doses. The health department is currently compiling a vaccine waiting list for citizens age 70 years and older. For healthcare personnel that still need vaccinated, you may obtain a vaccine at the Medical Center of Bowling Green. For an appointment, text SHOT to 270-796-3200.


The table below explains who will be included in each phase. As everyone patiently awaits their turn to obtain vaccination, it is important that we continue to protect ourselves, our family, and our neighbors by wearing a cloth face covering in public, avoiding close contact with others, frequently washing our hands and by staying home if we are ill.  


Phase 1a

Long-term care facilities; Assisted living facilities; Healthcare personnel

Phase 1b

Anyone age 70 or older; First Responders; K-12 school personnel

Phase 1c

Anyone age 60 or older; Anyone age 16 or older with CDC highest risk C19 conditions; All essential workers

Phase 2

Anyone age 40 or older

Phase 3

Anyone age 16 or older

Phase 4

Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group


For general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the public can call the Kentucky COVID-19 Hotline, operated by Norton Healthcare, at 1-800-722-5725.