February 28, 2024

COVID Health Emergency end in sight … what happens next?

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end on May 11th of this year.

President Joe Biden made the announcement earlier this week and that means many virus-related testing and vaccines that have been free to the public since the pandemic began will soon have a cost.

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department and health departments around the state received funding throughout the pandemic and most testing and vaccines were free to everyone.

As the emergency ends, vaccine costs will be passed on to the consumer and vaccines will likely cost between $50 and $75 so health department officials say to get vaccinated for COVID while the free service is still being offered, even if you’ve never been vaccinated.

Health officials believe receiving a COVID shot once the public health emergency ends will be similar to how flu shots are currently administered.