Pharmacy staff observes as the first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is unpacked and placed in its Cryogenic freezer at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. 

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky's first shipments of the new COVID-19 vaccine have reached their designated hospitals after the final batch arrived in Paducah on Wednesday.

The Pfizer-BioNTech doses arrived at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, according to Gov. Andy Beshear's office. Ten other hospitals around the state received shipments that started arriving on Monday.

Kentucky got about 38,000 doses from Pfizer. Most of it will be used to inoculate health care workers and nursing home residents and staff.

“A corner has been turned as we begin vaccinating our heroes who’ve been battling on the front lines of this virus,” Mercy Health-Lourdes president Michael Yungmann said in a release from the governor's office. “While it has been a long year, today is a day for celebration."

The governor's office reported 2,898 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with 23 deaths.

Initial recipients include: UofL Health in Louisville; The Medical Center at Bowling Green; and Baptist Health Lexington.

Baptist Health hospitals in Corbin, Louisville and Madisonville; Norton Hospital in Louisville; Pikeville Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood, and University of Kentucky Medical Center received shipments yesterday, according to the governor's office.

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