LOUISVILLE (AP) — Together with top state lawmakers, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and his wife, first lady Britainy Beshear, received COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday.
The Democratic governor thanked the top two Republican legislative leaders, Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers, for joining him in “setting the right example for the people of Kentucky.”
The head of the Kentucky national guard, lieutenant governor, and state police commissioner will receive vaccines on Wednesday, Beshear said.
“As more quantities become available we will be providing them to more officeholders and or critical physicians," he said. “Again, we're doing this in a way that preserves 99.99% of these for front-line workers and for long-term care but builds confidence as we go.”
About 7,000 Kentuckians, the vast majority of them health care workers in hospitals, have been vaccinated since Dec. 14.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.