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Kentucky Passes One Million COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Kentucky has passed a milestone in its ongoing efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations.

Roughly three months after the first frontline health care workers began receiving the shots, Kentucky marked its one-millionth vaccination Monday. Eight residents who had been scheduled to receive the injection at the Franklin County Health Department were instead invited to the Capitol to mark the occasion.

Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is significantly ahead of where it expected to be right now.

"The better news is it keeps picking up," he said. "I expect that, if our pharmaceutical manufacturers continue their rate, we might beat that May 31st deadline as well."

President Biden is hoping by the end of May all states would be equipped with enough doses to vaccinate every adult who wants one.

Kentucky marked a nine-week decline in new coronavirus cases over the weekend while the state's positivity rate is now below 4 percent. Experts warn, however, that new variants of the virus have the potential to send those number back up again.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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