FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear revealed Thursday that around 1,000 Ohioans were able to schedule vaccination appointments at a vaccination site in Covington.
The appointments were scheduled through Saturday.
Beshear referred to the vaccination site as “the Covington site” responding to a reporter’s question.
“We have fixed their ability to sign up based on zip code,” Beshear explained. “But for the people that showed up, we did go ahead and vaccinate them, because they’re people too and they can spread it across the river.”
But according to one Ohio resident, that’s not true.
Robert Speckert says he made an appointment at the convention center only to be turned away by the National Guard.
Beshear said he will ask the federal government to increase Kentucky’s vaccine allocation by that amount given to Ohioans, possibly by taking the same share out of Ohio’s allocation amount.
Around 20 percent of Kentuckians eligible to receive the vaccine (16 and older) have gotten their first dose, Beshear said.
That’s 646,836 first doses administered of a total 715,485 first doses received by the commonwealth through both state and federal programs.
“Vaccinations are going incredibly well in Kentucky,” said Beshear. “We are giving out doses faster than the federal government provides them.”
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman also announced public transit agencies across Kentucky are offering free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments. These services are already operating in over 90 counties.
“We want all Kentuckians who wish to get vaccinated to be able to do so, and transportation should not be a barrier,” Coleman said.
Visit Ky.COVID19.ky.gov or call 855.598.2246 to find transportation near you.
Kentucky now has 410 vaccination sites up and running, an increase of 119 from last week.
A Kroger in Walton and a Walmart in Alexandria began vaccinations this week.
The Northern Kentucky Convention Center continues to administer vaccinations Thursdays through Saturdays (sign up here.) The site is operated through a partnership with Kroger.
Eligible residents can also sign up to receive a vaccine from the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
Kentucky recorded 1,447 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday and 43 virus-related deaths.
The state’s positivity rate continues its decline, indicating a real decline of the virus in Kentucky as opposed to sampling error.
The current rate is 5.67 percent.
Currently 843 Kentuckians are hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 220 are in ICUs and 122 are on ventilators.
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