Gov. Beshear urges patience as Kentuckians wait to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 20:04:12-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Now that the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has rolled into Kentucky, the massive logistical operation to get those who wish to be inoculated is officially underway.

"I'm excited," Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news conference Tuesday. "I'm ready for it."

Gov. Beshear said the rollout has gone well so far, but challenges are on the horizon.

"It's going to be a little messy," he told reporters. "There's no way that we can get this much vaccine out there, perfectly and in order that everyone agrees with."

However, he did promise to get them out as soon as possible. He said the goal is to have all residents and staff at long-term care facilities vaccinated by March 1. Then, he said he hoped to get 70 percent of all Kentuckians, for whom the vaccine is safe, inoculated within five months.

In the meantime, he urges patience.

"Our biggest concern is going to be preaching patience and people being willing to wait until the right time until we get the most vulnerable vaccinated," Gov. Beshear said.

He also asked for continued compliance with safety measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing. They're sacrifices for now, in hopes that the end of the pandemic is near.