Kentucky is likely to receive about 38,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine by the middle of December, Gov. Andy Beshear announced this week.
Long-term care residents and staff, as well as frontline health care workers at hospitals, will be the first to receive doses, he said. A second round of coronavirus vaccines, manufactured by Moderna, will be made available by the end the year, according to the governor.
“A light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter,” Beshear, a Democrat, said, as he urged Kentuckians to continue to follow public health guidelines aimed at protecting residents in long-term care. “If we don’t do our part between now and then, there are people in those facilities that will never get to see that vaccine, or get the benefit of it,” he said.
On the vaccine, Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, noted the amount of doses is one-third of what state officials had expected. (AP)