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Mayor Gorton declines vaccine, says those at higher risk should be first in line

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 14:22:55-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said Monday she will wait to be vaccinated for COVID-19 until more doses are available for higher-risk people.

“I fully support the vaccine and will get one. But right now there is limited vaccine available," Gorton said. "I want health care workers, first responders, long-term care residents, and others who are at high risk of getting COVID-19 to get the vaccine first.”

Gorton and Health Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh were scheduled to receive their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a live event Monday. That event was canceled Monday morning.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered thus far to more than 11,000 Kentuckians, predominantly health care workers. With both vaccines, a second dose is required about three weeks later.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky is expecting more than 202,000 doses of vaccine before the end of the month with the second dose coming for each about three to four weeks later.