NELSON COUNTY, Ky. — In some places across the country, including in the Bluegrass, vaccine supply is outpacing demand for the first time since the shots came available. A new vaccination site offered hundreds of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson doses Tuesday in Bardstown, where a health department spokesperson said the demand is now "leveling off."

What You Need To Know

  • More mass vaccination events are happening within the Lincoln Trail District Health Department (LTDHD), like in Nelson and Hardin counties, this week 
  • On Tuesday, the Bardstown event delivered about 630 doses to people with appointments for the shots 
  • Officials said demand is probably leveling off because there are now more clinics in the area offering the vaccine 

  • The LTDHD said no doses are wasted on no-shows but are instead given to other eligible people

The traffic line into the fairgrounds flowed steadily throughout the afternoon. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department (LTDHD) spokesperson Terrie Burgan said her team was on track to give about 630 doses of vaccine to people in the single-day drive-through event. Because the vaccination site was by appointment only, Burgan said no doses were wasted. 

Things ran smoothly due to a lot of coordination, Burgan said.

"So, our COVID cases have been dropping, which is good. I mean, we knew that with the vaccine it will help to provide, help to start to provide that type of herd immunity," she added. 

But she said there are still more people in need of inoculation to reach herd immunity.

Jessica Tilley got her first dose of the Moderna vaccine Tuesday.

"We all want to get things back to normal, and so anything to help the community and to protect ourselves will be great," Tilley said.

Although Burgan said demand isn't as high across her health district as when the shots first became available, she doesn't think it means fewer people want the vaccine. She said she believes people are going to some of the other places the shots are offered, like pharmacies. 

The next clinic will be in Hardin County on Thursday, coordinated similar to the one held in Nelson on Tuesday.

Appointments are necessary.

Additionally, LTDHD has been offering pop-up clinics, set apart for people considered to be part of the community's most vulnerable population.