COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Link & Information

Vaccination Clinic (Registration link below)

(En español) The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will provide an appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinic 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. The health department is providing the Moderna vaccine. You must be 18 or older. 

If you do not have transportation to the site and need a free ride, please click here to learn more: free transportation.

Registration information

  • Each recipient MUST register in advance at: https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=4283F971AC1801F3FD23EACE15B91530. This link will change each week.
  • This link is ONLY for those receiving their first dose. This is NOT for anyone needing to schedule a second dose.
  • Only one person can register per account — everyone registering must enter a phone number or email.
  • Registration will close when all appointment slots are full. Every person who attends the clinic MUST be registered in advance.
  • A video guide to registering can be found here: https://youtu.be/ZT5CyJ7BQ5w.

The vaccine will NOT be administered to those who have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, those who have been vaccinated with any other vaccine within the 14 days prior to vaccination, and those who are not feeling well or have not yet recovered from a current COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 vaccination is free, but your insurance will be billed for an administration fee. There will be no cost directly to you. You do not need insurance to get the free vaccine.

If you register, please make sure you show up to get the vaccine so that no dose is wasted.

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

Gaines & Consolidated Baptist named 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Heroes

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Pastor Richard Gaines and Consolidated Baptist Church as the 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero award winners. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021).

Gaines and Consolidated were recognized for their long-standing help to Lexington through allowing the church gymnasium as a site for the health department’s annual free flu shot clinic in 2016 and 2017, along with a drive-thru clinic in the parking lot in October 2020. That experience led to the health department launching COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Consolidated, located at 1625 Russell Cave Road, on Dec. 23, 2020, with weekly clinics ever since. This has been without a charge to the department or the public.

Gaines, the Consolidated staff and volunteers work with the health department each week to make sure every need is met for those getting vaccinated. This includes allowing the health department to store basic equipment, which removes the need for set-up/take-down each week. This saves at least four hours every time a clinic is held.

Additionally, Gaines and Consolidated work with the City of Lexington, Mayor Linda Gorton’s office, faith-based leaders and other community organizations to help spread the word about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Consolidated Baptist Church has been a significant partner in ‘helping Lexington be well,’” a nomination stated, referencing the health department’s mission.

Gaines and Consolidated will be recognized at the April 12 Board of Health meeting, held via Zoom. They will also be honored April 22 during a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting.

Previously known as the Public Health Hero Award, the Board of Health renamed the award in 2016 in memory of the late Dr. Rice C. Leach, Lexington’s former Commissioner of Health who spent more than 50 years as a public health physician. Leach died April 1, 2016.

Past winners include Jon Parker (2020), Mark Johnson (2019), Dr. Svetla Slavova (2018), Reginald Thomas (2017), Dr. Rice C. Leach (2016), Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn (2015), the Rev. Willis Polk and Baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2012); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Data

UPDATE April 6, 2021: The latest information showing the demographic data for our weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics is now available.

UPDATE March 1, 2021: We continue to follow the federal/state guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination distribution. The clinics have been expanded to include anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Lexington. When registration is available, you can learn more here: LFCHD COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Registration.

70 and Older Vaccination Notification Form for Lexington

70 and Older Vaccination Notification Form for Lexington: To continue to prioritize Lexington residents ages 70 and older, a notification form is available for help learning about future vaccination clinics. If you are age 70 or older and live or work in Lexington, you can receive notifications about future clinics by providing information here: COVID-19 Vaccination Notification Form.

Please know this is NOT a guarantee of getting the vaccination. This is a way to be notified about future vaccination clinics as they become available. If you have questions, please call us at 859-899-2222 or email covid19vaccine@lfchd.org.

When the time comes to register, this video can be used as a guide to help you get signed up: How-To Register for LFCHD Vaccination Clinics.

Please note: the vaccine is NOT available at the health department.

Additional information, including a legal statement, can be found here: COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

LFCHD First-Time Dose Information

UPDATE March 9, 2021: Here’s a look at first-time dose information from previous weeks:

  • Week of Dec. 21: 1,500 received, 591 given (we held a small clinic this week because of the Christmas holiday and to test our ability to expand in future weeks; doses were carried over to the following week)
  • Week of Dec. 28: 700 received, 931 given
  • Week of Jan. 4: 800 received, 1,309 given
  • Week of Jan. 11: 2,000 received, 1,994 given
  • Week of Jan. 18: 1,200 received, 1,350 given
  • Week of Jan. 25: 1,000 received, 1,234 given
  • Week of Feb. 1: 700 received, 737 given
  • Week of Feb. 8: 500 received (does not include 600 provided to Baptist Health Lexington), 415 given (includes LFCHD doses only)
  • Week of Feb. 15: 0 received (shipments were delayed because of ice/snow storms), 129 given (using 2nd-time doses until new shipment arrived)
  • Week of Feb. 22: 550 received (does not include 1,050 provided to Baptist Health Lexington), 435 given (includes LFCHD doses only; remaining 115 were used as 2nd doses after borrowing from inventory last week due to snow/ice storms).
  • Week of March 1: 800 received, 810 given 
  • Week of March 8: 800 received, 829 given
  • Week of March 15: 800 received, 817 given
  • Week of March 22: 950 received, 876 given
  • Week of March 29: 1,200 received, 789 given
  • Week of April 5: 800 received, 841 given

The difference of more doses given than received is from “bonus/angel doses” in some of the vials.

Kentucky’s Regional Vaccination Clinic Information

Updated Jan. 28, 2021: Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced the state’s first regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics, including at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, 4089 Ironworks Pike, Lexington. The clinics start at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. This for Phase 1B ages 70 and older. 

Registration starts at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kroger.com/CovidVaccine. Note: we are not responsible for this site and cannot answer questions about the process or clinics. State vaccine information can be found at vaccine.ky.gov or 855-598-2246.

Updated Jan. 15, 2021: Mayor Linda Gorton and the City of Lexington launched a new site with information about the vaccine rollout: Lexington COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you want to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccination response, please sign up through the Medical Reserve Corp!

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Nominate someone for 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award

It is time to nominate people for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 18th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

Criteria for the selection of the award include:

  • Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health;
  • Remarkable contributions and support in fostering public health programs; and
  • Work or actions that have impacted the community’s health in a positive way.

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health renamed the award in 2016 in honor of the late Dr. Rice C. Leach “so future generations will know what a true public health super hero is.” Leach, who served as Lexington’s Commissioner of Health for five years, died in April 2016 following a battle with cancer.

Past winners include Jon Parker (2020), Mark Johnson (2019), Dr. Svetla Slavova (2018), Kentucky State Sen. Reginald Thomas (2017), Dr. Leach (2016), Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn (2015), the Rev. Willis Polk and Baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins-Booth and Jay McChord (2012); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

If you know of someone to nominate for this award, please provide the following information:

  • Name, professional title and organization;
  • Phone number and e-mail address of nominee; and
  • Examples of why the person is worthy of the award. Descriptions should be no more than 200 words.
  • Your name and contact information

Nominations can be submitted here: https://www.lfchd.org/public-health-hero-award-nomination.

The deadline for submitting candidates is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb.26.

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health will make the final determination. The winner will receive special recognition from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The awards are given each April as part of National Public Health Week.

December holiday hours

We will have special hours starting Dec. 21 because of the holidays.

Public Health Clinic

Our Public Health Clinic will be open the following times the weeks of Dec. 21-25 and Dec. 28-Jan. 1.

• 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday
• 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Tuesday
• 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday
• CLOSED Thursday/Friday.

Holiday hours for other public health services will be posted later.

Other Services, Including COVID-19 Response

Dec. 24-25

To allow our employees to enjoy the holiday (and just the second break since the pandemic began!), we will be closed Dec. 25. This includes our COVID-19 response team, meaning new positive cases will not be contacted until Dec. 26. Cases will also not be released from isolation orders on Dec. 25. The COVID-19 response team returns to work Dec. 26. Our website, lfchd.org, will not have numbers updated Dec. 25 but will return to updates Dec. 26.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

To allow our employees to enjoy the holiday, we will be closed Jan. 1. This includes our COVID-19 response team, meaning new positive cases will not be contacted until Jan. 2. Cases will also not be released from isolation orders on Jan. 1. The COVID-19 response team returns to work Jan. 2. Our website, lfchd.org, will not have numbers updated Jan. 1 but will return to updates Jan. 2.

All other public health services will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and will return to regular hours Jan. 4.

Commissioner of Health announces plans to step down in Summer ’21

Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh announced his plans to step down from his position as leader of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department next summer.

“It’s been an honor to be working with a world-class team of public health professionals who continue to face every challenge head-on,” Dr. Humbaugh said. “Every day, and not just in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these folks embody the standard for excellence in public health.”

Making the announcement now gives the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health time to select a search firm to find qualified candidates to fill the position.

Dr. Humbaugh, who has been with LFCHD since June 2016, said he has enjoyed working with the health department team and with many partners throughout the community to fulfil the agency’s mission of helping Lexington be well, even during these challenging times.

“I’m hopeful that by the summer of 2021, we as a community will be in a much better place in terms of the pandemic,” he said. “Let’s all continue to work together to help make that a reality. The COVID-19 vaccines that are on the horizon have the potential to be a game-changer by bringing us protection against the virus.”

(English & en español) LFCHD to give FREE flu shots

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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is giving you the chance to fight the flu for free while maintaining safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, Oct. 5, flu shots will also be available for free all season by appointment only at LFCHD’s Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Please call 859-288-2444 to make an appointment, starting Oct. 5; walk-ins will not be accepted due to requirements to maintain physical distancing in the clinic.

“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot is especially important this season 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.”

Last flu season, Lexington had 3 deaths from flu-related causes and 742 lab-confirmed cases.

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. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC is also urging the flu shot for essential workers, including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility staff; and people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including adults 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and anyone with underlying health conditions.

For additional information about the 2020-21 flu season, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth. For questions about the flu shot, call the Public Health Clinic at 859-288-2444.

At-home testing ending Jan. 30

Jan. 27, 2021 update:

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will stop its COVID-19 at-home testing program on Saturday, Jan. 30, to allow staff to increase efforts in other areas of the response, including vaccine administration.

Since launching in April 2020, more than 2,000 Lexington residents used the at-home testing program, which was created to provide tests for those who had barriers getting to other testing locations in the city. Testing has since become more widely accessible throughout Lexington.

Testing remains important during the COVID-19 response, so please use the following links from the City of Lexington and Kentucky Department for Public Health to learn about more options available in the community:

For more information on COVID-19, please visit lfchd.org or call our call center at 859-899-2222.

Original information

If you live in Lexington and do not have a way to get to a COVID-19 testing site, we can bring a test to you. Call 859-899-2222 for help 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for help.

Si vive en Lexington y no puede llegar a un sitio de pruebas de COVID-19, podemos traerle un kit de pruebas a usted. Llame al 859-899-2222, lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 4 p.m. para obtener ayuda.

Harm reduction program celebrating 5th anniversary

On Sept. 4, 2015, we opened the doors to the first day of our needle-exchange program. The goal then was to start small, build trust and then grow as needed.

And it has definitely grown!

It’s now a larger Harm Reduction Services Program, featuring a needle exchange to reduce the spread of hepatitis C and HIV; testing for hepatitis C and HIV; free naloxone used to reverse opioid overdoses; and on-site counseling to connect people to rehabilitation and treatment centers.

Join us in celebrating this milestone online with a special Facebook Live at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26, featuring chats with our dedicated staff and a look behind the scenes at how the program started and grew into what it is today! You can also learn more on our Facebook Event page!

Harm Reduction Program Hours of Operation
Our free, anonymous/confidential harm reduction services are offered 1-4 p.m. Mondays, 3-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. To help protect our participants and employees, we are following social/physical distancing guidelines, including operating outside and using our new van for the exchange! We also provide naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses, offer free HIV and hepatitis C testing and provide counseling for treatment options.