Childcare workers in Kentucky are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine after Monday’s announcement from the Governor’s Office.
Childcare workers were originally placed into Phase 1C, but frustration from many childcare workers across the state led to the change as K-12 teachers were included in Phase 1B, which is the active vaccination phase.
Childcare Council of Kentucky, Inc. released a statement about the change.
“We are very thankful to Governor Beshear and his administration for prioritizing child care teachers in Phase 1B of Kentucky’s vaccination schedule. Child care teachers have been providing essential services throughout the entire pandemic and are a part of the overall education of young children in the Commonwealth. Thanks to the many advocates, including child care staff, who have made calls, sent emails, talked with media and so much more in this very important work. Child care is essential to a strong Kentucky economy,” Bradley Stevenson, Executive Director of Child Care Council of Kentucky said.
In the coming weeks, the state is going to specifically ask the local health departments – to focus on individuals over 70, vulnerable populations, and child care workers – even if we move into Phase 1C.