Working diligently to help offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the citizens of Logan County, Emergency Management’s Chief Terry Cole says they are like everybody else, “getting to the ones as far as the list goes.”
The state of Kentucky is offering the vaccine in phases. Phase 1-A included all healthcare workers, which were administered last week along with first responders in Logan County. This week, Phase 1-B will begin with the vaccination of school personnel and those 70 and older.
The biggest problem, according to Cole, who has been on the frontlines of this pandemic since it started last year, is getting the vaccine.
“From what I’ve seen, getting it delivered to the sites is the biggest hurdle,” Cole said. “I may be off base but it seems right now we are just having trouble getting it delivered nationally.”
Cole says he understands that there are unforeseen challenges mentioning bad weather in the northern parts of the United States.
“If you have a half a foot of snow, that would make it hard to keep it moving,” Cole said. “What I’m hearing and seeing, however, is the distribution should start picking up soon.”
Cole and his assistant-chief Rodney Harkleroad of Emergency Management have been working long hours acting as the middlemen out in the field during the pandemic. From attending countless meetings, preparing for countless seniors, and getting their hands on countless boxes of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for Logan County. They have been and are an intricate piece of the puzzle.
“We are still delivering PPE but it’s slowed down a bit now because it’s becoming more available to order directly,” said Cole. “In December, we went to the Bowling Green Regional Distribution site and brought some to the ambulance service and hospital. It’s not truckloads anymore, just a few boxes.”
Cole says he understands there is a great deal of concern about the communication of when and where the vaccine will be available to the elderly or the general public but assures that he will make those times known as soon as he knows them.
“We have been responsible for contacting members of the first responder community,” said Cole adding Logan County’s Emergency Management will continue to be available to help contact future identified populations when it’s their turn to be vaccinated.
“As soon as they let us know we will have more doses, we will get it out to the newspaper and radio,” Cole said.