FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Kentucky will receive around 27,000 more COVID-19 vaccine doses before the end of the year in a final shipment from Pfizer, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday in his final press briefing before Christmas.
Previously Kentucky had been slated to receive 175,825 vaccine doses in total in December, some of which have already been administered. The governor then said Monday a final Pfizer shipment could be in the works.
Tuesday Beshear revealed the shipment of 34,125 vaccine doses will arrive between Dec. 27-31.
A Moderna shipment expected within the same timeframe has been reduced by several thousand, however, accounting for the smaller overall increase.
By 2021, Kentucky will have received a total of 202,650 vaccine doses.
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines in Kentucky on the state’s official vaccine page.
An additional shipment of doses will likely arrive before the new year, Beshear said, but he was reluctant to tally it among the December doses because it is unlikely to roll out until January.
Regular vaccine shipments, both from Moderna and Pfizer, are expected to arrive in Kentucky and elsewhere through mid-2021.
Beshear also said Monday vaccinations in long-term care facilities could extend into February with a targeted completion date of March 1. Previously he has said he hoped to finish vaccinations in such facilities by Feb. 1.
The change reflects the difference in vaccine amounts received versus what the federal government had initially promised.
Nevertheless, he said Tuesday the second phase of vaccinations, including first responders and those above 75 years of age, could begin in January.
The so-called “essential” workers in Kentucky that would comprise the following phase of the vaccine rollout will be announced Monday, Beshear said.
Kentucky recorded 3,057 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 28 new virus-related deaths.
The state is on an early track to record fewer total cases this week than last week for the third consecutive week, something it has not accomplished yet during the pandemic.
The commonwealth’s positivity rate has stabilized after falling from above 10 percent in November. It stands at 8.48 percent as of Tuesday.
Fifty-one more Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19 from Monday for a total of 1,631.
Eight more Kentuckians are in ICU beds for a total of 419. Eight fewer are on ventilators for a total of 223.
“I want to make sure I start by asking everybody to make that additional sacrifice and do their part to keep their Christmas celebrations small,” Beshear said at the beginning of Tuesday’s briefing. “With the rest of the country on fire, with hospitalizations escalating in almost every other state, in Kentucky we are seeing a stabilization that is protecting the lives of our people, and we want to make sure that we continue to plateau or even see a decrease in cases as we move forward with this vaccine.
“How we do Christmas and New Year’s celebrations is going to be so critical to protecting as many Kentuckians as possible until we can get this vaccine disseminated. In my family, this Christmas will just be Britainy and myself, the kids and the dog.”
Beshear, First Lady Britainy Beshear and other top Kentucky officials received vaccine doses Tuesday.
The governor said he had a “bit of soreness” but less so than a normal flu shot.
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