Beshear encourages eligible Kentuckians to get COVID booster shot before Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 7:45 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 11:24 AM CST
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear gave another Team Kentucky update Thursday.

You can watch that entire update below.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that qualifies everyone 18 years old or older and living or working in the commonwealth to get a COVID-19 vaccination booster.

[Gov. Beshear authorizes COVID boosters for all Ky. adults]

He said over 446,000 Kentuckians have already received their booster shot.

Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get their booster shot before Thanksgiving.

Brian Spencer is the pharmacy service line manager with Deaconess Health System.

He says, for the most part, the executive order will not change logistics for local hospitals. Spencer says that’s because, before this announcement, more than 80% of Kentucky’s population was already eligible for the booster shot.

“While this booster information is very important,” says Spencer, “in Henderson County, we are still only about 54% of the population is fully vaccinated. To really get us out of this and not have another wave over the winter, it is important for those to get the first and second doses of the vaccine.”

Spencer says both the Henderson and Union County locations are still offering all three vaccines. He says the best way to schedule an appointment is the visiting the Deaconess website.

Governor Beshear also encouraged parents to get their five to 11-year-olds their first shot before Thanksgiving.

COVID inpatient census for Kentucky hospitals.
COVID inpatient census for Kentucky hospitals.(Team Kentucky.)
Total Kentuckians vaccinated.
Total Kentuckians vaccinated.(Team Kentucky.)

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