Transy, LFCHD partnering to provide free Pfizer vaccination clinic

Transylvania University and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department are partnering to provide the FREE Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 years and older at a special clinic 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the William T. Young Campus Center (corner of W. Fourth Street and North Broadway). Please register at www.lfchd.org/vaccine (en español at www.lfchd.org/vacuna). For ages 12-17, a legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Register here: https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=355CC1BFBC783277628CAD8BAF085361

Registration information

  • Each recipient MUST register in advance.
  • You may enter up to 8 registrants per phone number or email address.
  • Registration will close when all appointment slots are full. 
  • If this is a first dose, a second dose will be needed in 21 days. You can call our Public Health Clinic at 859-288-2483 to schedule a same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
  • If you’ve already received a COVID-19 vaccine, please bring your vaccination card. If you do not have your card, please visit https://www.lfchd.org/covidreplacementcard/.
  • Parking is available in any university-designated parking area, including those at Graham Cottage Alumni House off Broadway between Kenilworth Court and W. Fifth Street and behind the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at the corner of W. Fourth and N. Upper streets.

Thank you for your interest in getting vaccinated. If you need assistance, please contact our call center at 859-899-2222.

Lexington: COVID-19 Interview Page

(En español) With the overwhelming surge of new COVID-19 cases in Lexington, we need your help in reporting information about your positive COVID-19 case. Please read the following important notes, then email us below to provide your information.

Important Notes

  • If you are not a resident of Fayette County, please contact the local health department in your county of residence.
  • Do not reach out to us unless you have received a positive lab result from your provider or other qualified lab report.
  • The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is required to have a copy of the positive COVID-19 test result. If LFCHD has not received notification of the positive COVID-19 test result, we will contact you via phone or email to notify you of this.
  • If you obtained a positive COVID-19 test result from a home-performed test, LFCHD cannot accept that test result. If you need an isolation agreed order, we recommend that you have an additional test from your provider or other qualified testing center. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please see this resource for guidelines to follow: If You Test Positive for COVID-19.
  • As soon as you provide your contact information and email to LFCHD, you are consenting to LFCHD sending you through email a link to a survey to complete related to your or the person you are the legal guardian for COVID-19 test result.
  • Only submit contact information if you are the person who received the positive COVID-19 test result or are the legal guardian for the person who received the positive result.
  • If more than one person in the household has received a positive lab result, LFCHD will need to be notified of each person with individual contact information.

Contact Information

If you meet the criteria above, please email us at covidinterview@lfchd.org. If you do not have internet access, please call 859-288-2445. If you contact us, please let us know what you need (such as an isolation order/release), to help speed up the process. Please include your name, date of birth, phone number and home address.

If you have contacted us and have not received an email, please check your SPAM/junk folders and search for key words “LFCHD contact tracing.” If you still do not have one, please email us again so we can assist you.

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

As of Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 the CDC has updated and shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine period for the general public.

The complete guidance update can be found on the CDC website. Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Additional guidance documents from the KY DPH can be found here:

COVID-19 Patient Guidance

Have you been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19?

Dr. Joel McCullough to serve as new Commissioner of Health

Dr. Joel McCullough

Lexington will soon have a new Commissioner of Health: Dr. Joel McCullough formally accepted the job Wednesday after the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health approved his appointment Monday evening. Dr. McCullough, who previously served 8 years as Public Health Director and Health Officer for the Spokane (Washington) Regional Health District, will begin the post in early 2022.

“I look forward to being part of the community of Lexington and its world-class health department,” Dr. McCullough said. “I am honored the Board of Health put its faith in me to continue the mission of helping Lexington be well.”

Dr. McCullough replaces Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, who has served as commissioner of health since June 2016.

Dr. McCullough has extensive history in public health, including time as a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as medical director of environmental health for the Chicago Department of Public Health.

“Lexington will continue with strong public health leadership with Dr. McCullough joining us as the next Commissioner of Health,” said Michael Friesen, chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health. “We are excited about the next steps for public health in central Kentucky.”

Dr. McCullough earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington.

LFCHD unveils new mural at 650 Newtown Pike

Public health meets public art.

A colorful new mural greets guests, employees, patients and passers-by of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The department joined artist Jeremey Burch, LexArts, Mayor Linda Gorton and community leaders Thursday afternoon to formally unveil the mural at 650 Newtown Pike.

The mural project began in 2019 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The department returned to completing the mural project in 2021 after Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.

“Dr. Humbaugh planted the seeds for this mural as a desire to update our building while also highlighting the importance of art and creation,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “This mural celebrates the people who provide public health services to this community, as our mission says ‘helping Lexington be well.’ It also honors Dr. Humbaugh, not only for his initial idea but for helping lead this department throughout the pandemic. It’s a beautiful way to illustrate our values of caring, accountability, respect, equity and service.”

“Despite some challenges along the way, it’s a real pleasure to see this project come to fruition,” Dr. Humbaugh said. “Special thanks to our Board of Health and the selection committee who chose this outstanding design and to the artist himself for executing this work that embodies our mission and honors public health and the community’s commitment to health.”

The health department selected Burch, a Lexington artist, to paint the mural following public input from the community.

“I have been doing art my whole life, from painting to music and film,” Burch said. “What I love most is creating things that evoke feelings and hearing how my art has made them feel. The piece I have created showcases bright, vibrant representation of Lexington along with its wonderful community and the LFCHD’s values that extend out to the community and not only within the LFCHD itself.”

The health department thanks LexArts for its partnership throughout the project, Marrillia Design and Construction for donating labor to install the mural and Mike Burrell at Flying Armadillo signs for use of studio space and assistance with the project.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 years

(En español) Caregivers, the best way to keep your child safe is with the safe, effective, thoroughly tested COVID-19 vaccine. The long-term effects of a pediatric COVID case can be serious and last months; the most common side-effect of the COVID vaccine, which provides lasting protection, is a sore arm. The best way to protect your child against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get them vaccinated! Learn more about the vaccine here: CDC Information Page for Caregivers.

Public Health Clinic

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 years will be available by same-day appointment in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! A legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Caregivers, the best way to keep your child protected from COVID-19 is with the safe effective, thoroughly tested vaccine. The long-term effects of a pediatric COVID case can be serious and last months; the most common side-effect of the COVID vaccine, which provides lasting protection, is a sore arm. The best way to protect your child against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get them vaccinated!

Learn more about the vaccine in this FAQ from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/The-Science-Behind-the-COVID-19-Vaccine-Parent-FAQs.aspx.

Vax Facts!

Protect the community through vax facts!

Misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines is dangerous. Learn more about claims that have been repeatedly proven false during the pandemic:

  • https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact?amp=true
  • https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/11-covid-19-myths-debunked
  • https://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/Vaccine/COVID_VaxMyths.pdf
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Anyone who talks about public health becomes a public health communicator, and more people talking about the facts will help Lexington. Share our information to help spread the word so more people hear the facts about COVID-19 and the vaccines!

Thanks, Lexington! 

COVID-19 booster dose update

(En espanol) Same-day appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, including all boosters, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your appointment.

Moderna

The booster can be given 6 months after you received your second dose of the Moderna vaccine. 

Pfizer

We also continue to provide the Pfizer booster for the same groups listed for the Moderna booster. 

The booster can be given 6 months after you received your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. More information about the Pfizer booster can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Free booster doses of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine are available by same-day appointment for everyone who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago. 

Third Dose for Immunocompromised

In addition, immunocompromised individuals – for example, people who are undergoing cancer treatment or who are taking a high dose of an immunosuppressant – a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended at least 28 days after the second shot.

Boosters are for people who got the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine whose protection has waned over time. The third doses are for immunocompromised people whose immune systems were not able to fully respond to the initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

First and Second Doses

Anyone who has yet to receive their first dose or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can also call to schedule their same-day appointment. Our Public Health Clinic offers the Moderna and Janssen vaccines for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.

(English & en español) 2021-22: Health department offering FREE flu shots

(Haga clic aquí para el español.) The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is giving you the chance to fight the flu for free all fall and winter.

Free Flu Shots in Public Health Clinic

Flu shots are available for free all season by same-day appointment only at LFCHD’s Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Please call 859-288-2483 to make an appointment; walk-ins will not be accepted in the Public Health Clinic.

Flu Information

“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot remains important this year as we remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help reduce the overall impact on respiratory illnesses on the population, which will lessen the burden on our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In addition to helping prevent you from getting sick with flu, a flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reduce your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and is especially important for people at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu: infants and young children, pregnant women, anyone with underlying medical conditions and adults 50 and older.

For additional information about the 2021-22 flu season, follow the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose update

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, free booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available by same-day appointment in our Public Health Clinic for: 

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  • people ages 65 and older;
  • people ages 18 through 64 with underlying medical conditions putting them at high risk of severe COVID-19 (this includes diabetes and heart, kidney or lung disease; more information on who is considered at high risk can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html);
  • people ages 18 and older who live in long-term care or high-risk settings; and
  • people ages 18 through 64 who are likely to get exposed at work (examples include health care and education).

The booster can be given 6 months after you received your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. More information about the Pfizer booster can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

In addition, immunocompromised individuals – for example, people who are undergoing cancer treatment or who are taking a high dose of an immunosuppressant – a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended at least 28 days after the second shot.

Boosters are for people who got the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine whose protection has waned over time. The third doses are for immunocompromised people whose immune systems were not able to fully respond to the initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Same-day appointments are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your appointment.

At this time, the CDC has not recommended booster doses for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

Anyone who has yet to receive their first dose or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can also call to schedule their same-day appointment. Our Public Health Clinic offers the Moderna and Janssen vaccines for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.