LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nearly three months after Louisville’s first mass vaccination site opened at Broadbent Arena, staff have administered more than 43,000 first doses and more than 22,000 booster shots, health leaders said.

What You Need To Know

  • Staff at Louisville's LouVax clinic have administered over 43,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Health leaders said more than 22,000 have received their booster shot as well

  • LouVax will begin accepting appointments from all Kentuckians aged 16 and up

  • Over 6,000 volunteers have contributed to the clinic

Over 6,000 volunteers have contributed to the effort. Emily Grimany of Louisville was in her car awaiting her first dose Friday morning.

“I’m excited," she said. "I feel like things will start getting back to normal a little bit with everyone vaccinated.” 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that Kentuckians 50 and older will be eligible to sign up for appointments starting Monday, and that UofL Health will open a new mass vaccination site out of Cardinal Stadium next month.

“This is very efficient here, but imagine multiplying this times five or six, so we’ll be expecting four to five thousand vaccines a day over there at Cardinal Stadium," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at a briefing Friday. "It’s going to be the biggest vaccination site in the Commonwealth.”

Starting Monday, essential employees and anyone over 16 with underlying medical conditions will be eligible to sign up for a vaccine at Broadbent Arena's LouVax clinic.

COVID-19 cases in Louisville continue to go down while the vaccine supply goes up, Fischer said.

This week marked one year after the first pandemic-related death in Louisville and the number of those lost here is approaching one-thousand, the mayor said. 

“It’s just kind of mind-blowing when you think about that loss and how it’s impacted so many families and friends and our community.”