Monday marked the first day coronavirus vaccines are being administered in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear held a press conference at the University of Louisville Hospital to provide an update on vaccine distribution in Kentucky and show the first vaccines be administered.
The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine landed in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday with approximately 38,000 doses. The vaccine will go to Kentucky’s front-line workers first. This week, 12,500 vaccines are being distributed to 11 regional hospitals across Kentucky. Additionally, more than 25,000 doses are being sent to CVS and Walgreens, as part of a federal contract to vaccinate those in long-term care facilities.
The press conference featured University of Louisville Hospital medical professionals that have been on the front-lines of battling the coronavirus receiving the first five vaccines.
Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to remain vigilant over the next couple of months, and to stay patient as the most in need are receiving the vaccine first.
Kentucky is playing a key role in the historic efforts, Beshear said thanking Kentucky’s own UPS Worldport for their critical work in distributing the vaccines in Kentucky and across the nation.
Beshear said Kentucky receiving the vaccine and starting distribution is “the beginning of the end of this pandemic” and called it a victory.
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