Gov. Andy Beshear marks 1 million COVID-19 vaccines distributed in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - On Monday, Kentucky marked 1 million people in the state vaccinated against COVID-19

“This is truly both a miracle of modern medicine and tribute to so many Kentuckians whose tireless work made this possible,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This milestone brings us hope after losing nearly 5,000 of our beloved family members, friends and neighbors to COVID-19. Think about how far we have come in our ability to fight this virus, and how fast.”

Gov. Andy Beshear, along with President Biden, is hoping that all adults can be vaccinated by the end of May.

Beshear says that the challenge with that is supply, infrastructure, and “meeting people where they are.” The governor says the state needs more vaccines to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated, even though they have been seeing the supply amount pick up.

Regarding infrastructure, the governor says they are searching for more vaccination sites because as more people receive the vaccine, more vaccination sites will need to open.

Gov. Beshear announced Thursday that Kentucky is moving those 16 and older with certain medical conditions into Phase 1C, meaning they will be eligible to receive the vaccine Monday.

He says the state has come a long way since Dec. 14, when they received the first doses of the vaccine.

The first vaccines were distributed to health care workers on Dec. 14 and just days before the state was reporting more than 3,500 new daily COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate close to 9%, Gov. Beshear said.

On Sunday, the Kentucky Department of Health reported an additional 445 COVID-19 cases, with a total number since the pandemic started at 416,215.

The governor says this is the ninth straight week that cases have been declining.

Gov. Beshear says the state now has positivity rate below 4%.

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