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Hosted by Renee Shaw, COVID Update: A KET Forum presents new information from trusted experts about COVID-19 and answers viewers’ questions. Topics include vaccine phases, where and how to register for the vaccine, mask recommendations, virus mutations, and more.

COVID Update: A KET Forum airs Monday, Feb. 8 at 9/8 pm on KET.

The panel of guests includes:

  • Dr. David Dougherty, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Baptist Health Lexington
  • Vincent J. Venditto, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (via Skype)
  • Dr. Steven Stack, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (pre-recorded)
  • Secretary Jim Gray, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and director of Kentucky’s Vaccine Distribution Project (pre-recorded)

Additionally, in pre-recorded segments, Dr. Wayne Tuckson, host of KET's Kentucky Health, joins Renee to discuss vaccine hesitancy in communities of color and racial disparities in contracting COVID-19. And Ron Milwee, chief executive officer of Ambulatory Services with Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), discusses how the agency has set up vaccination sites in different communities in Eastern Kentucky and the challenges of procuring adequate vaccine supply.

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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.