Gov. Beshear announces new COVID-19 vaccine sites in Eastern Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In his Thursday news conference, Governor Andy Beshear reported that the state is rolling out 156 new vaccine sites.
You can watch that news conference here:
“We are efficient. We have built a system that can administer more vaccinations than we are currently getting,” said Gov. Beshear. “These new sites are a big deal. They are going to move us forward and build out what we need so when supply increases, we are ready to get it out even more quickly to communities throughout the state.”
“Each new site we open offers additional capacity to administer more vaccines than we currently have supply to give them. The good news is that, as supply increases, each site will be able to ramp up immediately to reach more people without start-up delays,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, the Vaccine Distribution Project Director. “The logistics are incredibly complex, but we’re continuously increasing both our capacity and our efficiency to eventually meet the needs in every Kentucky community.”
The governor announced 1,880 bringing the total case count in Kentucky to 384,903.
Beshear reported 36 new deaths. The death toll is now at 4,211.
The positivity rate is now at 7.08%
45,451 people have recovered from the virus. 4,252,307 Kentuckians have received tests.
Gov. Beshear also reported new regional COVID-19 vaccination sites. The state is rolling out 156 new vaccine sites. There will soon be 125 federal pharmacy program sites at Walgreens and Good Neighbor independent pharmacies, 15 new Walmart store locations, and 10 new Kroger store locations. Visit here for more information about which pharmacies are included in the latest round of new vaccine sites.
In Eastern Kentucky, Paintsville and Corbin are two of the new Walmart sites. Appointments are required at walmart.com/covidvaccine.
Beshear also said they are opening up regional sites in Louisa in Lawrence County and at Kroger in London.
As of Thursday, 89 out of 120 counties are in the red zone on the state’s COVID-19 incidence rate map.
You can see how your county is doing right now here.
If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
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