Governor Andy Beshear says Kentucky has surpassed another COVID-19 vaccination milestone. But he said the pace needs to pick up among younger adults to defeat the coronavirus. Beshear says more than half of Kentuckians who are 18 and older have received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About three-fourths of Kentuckians, 70 and older have been vaccinated. But he says the vaccination rate drops off considerably among people in the 20-49 age groups. Beshear says the state still has about 400,000 doses available even before getting its next shipment of vaccine.
On Monday Beshear reiterated his commitment to end some restrictions on many businesses once the state reaches 2.5 million vaccinations. He did change the capacity restrictions on large venues like stadiums and concert halls to 50% as of Monday.
The Governor remains concerned that the state could see a fourth wave of increased COVID-19 cases if vaccine numbers do not go up faster. As of Monday, 1,665,196 Kentuckians have been vaccinated. There were 231 new cases reported and four COVID-19 related deaths. That number includes five additional audit deaths. The state's positivity rate is 3.46%.
To find a vaccination site near you, set an appointment and get transportation log on to vaccine.ky.govTo view appointment openings this week go to vaccinemap.ky.govFor vaccine questions call 855-595-2246. Hearing-impaired Kentuckians should call 855-326-4653