Special Delivery! COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Kentucky on Monday

Posted at 9:16 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 21:16:11-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Byron Bishop didn’t become a UPS driver to be a hero, yet here we are. It is 2020, after all!

“It’s humbling to be a part of this vaccine process, because it’s going to save lives,” Bishop said after hand-delivering the vaccines to the University of Louisville and Gov. Andy Beshear.

“Today is the day we start winning the war against COVID-19,” Beshear exclaimed before heading inside to watch as several UL Healthcare workers were inoculated.

Beshear, as is widely known, discussed the front line workers and those in high-risk categories who will be first in line to receive the vaccine. Then he touched on the plan being put in place to get everyone else protected.

“We are signing up providers all over the Commonwealth, from hospitals, to pharmacies, so when we get that wonderful problem to have, of having so much vaccine, we can open it up to everyone,” Mr. Beshear said.

The governor plans to get vaccinated next week. He wants to do so early in the process to show those who have doubts, that he believes in the safety of the vaccine.

When other shipments arrive at UL, there’s a good chance Bishop will be behind the wheel, as this is his route. While he says he’s honored to be part of it, it’s also a bit personal to him as well.

“I have a couple of family members who passed due to COVID. They had other issues but the COVID is what knocked them out,” he said.

Gov. Andy Beshear said we’ll still need to be careful even as thousands are being vaccinated, but he added that this will accelerate our ability to return to a sense of normalcy. That’ll be a real shot in the arm for 330,000,000 Americans who’ve had a rough year battling this virus, and everything it has cost us.

"We’re here to mark the true beginning of the end of this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said.