Today is the first day Kentuckians as young as 16 can get a coronavirus vaccine, and local health officials say that eligibility expansion is an encouraging sign as cases are starting to rise again nationwide.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced last Wednesday that all Kentuckians 16 and older would be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, April 5. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year-olds.
“This is a good day,” Beshear said during the press conference. “This news means that we will beat the president’s goal by a month to have COVID-19 vaccinations opened up to everyone. 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.”
To find a regional vaccination location, click here. Other sites include those set up through partnerships with Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens and other local businesses and pharmacies:
A Facebook group called Kentucky Vaccine Hunters also helps people find a shot by crowdsourcing information about available appointments. So far, it has more than 530 members.