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All Kentuckians 16+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccines April 5

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine April 5. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.

"This is a good day. This news means that we will beat the president's goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone," said Gov. Beshear. "We are seeing in a number of states an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and it's happening among younger people. We want to get ahead of the more aggressive COVID-19 variants and make sure that we fill every available appointment. Make a plan to get your shot of hope."

The Governor shared a new video encouraging all Kentuckians who are eligible to join the team and get vaccinated.

The Governor said he would provide COVID-19 updates on his social media channels the rest of the week; due to Easter weekend, there will be limited COVID-19 reports Friday and Saturday and no COVID-19 report Sunday.


Largest Vaccination Site in Kentucky to Open April 12 at Cardinal Stadium
The Governor shared a video from University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi celebrating the opening of Kentucky's largest vaccination site, at Cardinal Stadium - 2800 S. Floyd St., Louisville, KY 40209 - on April 12.

UofL Health professionals will be able to vaccinate up to 4,000 Kentuckians per day at the Cardinal Stadium site. Over its seven-week run, the site will have the capacity to vaccinate nearly 200,000 Kentuckians from across the commonwealth.

The Cardinal Stadium vaccination site will be open to all Kentuckians ages 16 and up. For more information or to make an appointment, visit UofLHealth.org or call 502-681-1435.

Vaccination Sites with Open Appointments
The Governor highlighted four vaccination locations that have the highest number of available appointments: Norton Healthcare (register here), Northern Kentucky Convention Center (register here), Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center (register here) and Baptist Health Madisonville (register here or call 270-825-7330). To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safe, Highly Effective in Kids 12 and Older
The Governor announced Pfizer and BioNTech reported their COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in protecting kids 12 and older against symptomatic disease in a study that included more than 2,200 children. The researchers who conducted the study said they had no safety concerns about the vaccine for this age group. Last week, Pfizer started testing their vaccine in children ages 6 months to 11 years.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to Protect Lives at Kentucky's Correctional Facilities
The Kentucky Department of Corrections is now scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by April 5. There will be enough vaccine doses for all interested inmates housed in state prisons. COVID-19 vaccinations at all state prisons are expected to be completed next week with the exception of the Kentucky State Penitentiary and Western Kentucky Correctional Complex since those facilities are recovering from COVID-19 outbreaks. COVID-19 vaccines will be administered in those facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
  • New cases today: 815
  • New deaths today: 22
  • New audit deaths: 3
  • Positivity rate: 2.96%
  • Total deaths: 6,090
  • Currently hospitalized: 413
  • Currently in ICU: 110
  • Currently on ventilator: 48
Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and Scott. Each county reported at least 31 new cases.


This story was posted on 2021-04-01 07:25:16
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