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While Beshear backs latest COVID booster, don't expect a public promotion campaign like ones we've seen in the past

A nurse holds a vial containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site.
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A nurse holds a vial containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site.

While the release of an updated COVID-19 booster, specifically targeting Omicron sublineages, is big news in the fight to keep the pandemic under control, Gov. Andy Beshear says there won't be the same kind of state campaign to promote the new vaccine. But that has nothing to do with confidence in the shot itself.

Beshear has been a persistent champion of vaccination, and he says he and his family will soon be rolling up their sleeves for the new enhanced booster in a show of public support.

But when it comes to a statewide effort to promote the new bivalent vaccine, Beshear says the federal money has simply dried up.

"Most, if not all, of the funding that would support that has either been cut or not provided in the current budget, or coming down from Congress. But I will say that, by now, people get this information. It's out there. And if you've received a couple of vaccines already, you know that they're safe and effective."
Gov. Andy Beshear

As for the vaccines themselves, a spokesman with UK Pharmacy told reporters this week that they don't expect any shortages of the new booster — though the rollout slated to start Monday may take a couple weeks to ramp up to its full speed.

To be eligible for the new Pfizer and Moderna shots, individuals must have received the original vaccine series first and be two months out from their last vaccination.

Read more on the release of the new COVID-19 booster in Lexington

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.