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Governor visits St. Elizabeth Healthcare to celebrate its 100,000th vaccination, state aims for 2.5m

After announcing the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear visited St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Training and Education Center Tuesday to celebrate the hospital administering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination.

Gov. Beshear at St. Elizabeth training center.

The Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge sets a goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians receiving at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. When that happens, the state can lift many restrictions on venues and businesses that cater to fewer than 1,000 patrons.

“Together with partners like St. Elizabeth, we are winning our war against the coronavirus this year. This is how we get back to being able to do more of the things we all want to do,” said Gov. Beshear.

“We are in a race to defeat this virus as other states see a deadly ‘fourth wave’ of COVID-19. We must not let that happen in the commonwealth. We need to vaccinate more Kentuckians, faster, which is what makes St. Elizabeth’s 100,000th vaccine milestone so special.”

Gov. Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for vaccination appointments, available at more than 500 vaccination sites across the commonwealth. There is now a vaccination site close to where every Kentuckian lives.

Vaccine 100,000 for Leslie Salsbury

Kentucky vaccination sites are currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which account for approximately 95% of all COVID-19 vaccines administered in Kentucky so far.

A small number of Kentucky providers that were administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until Tuesday have briefly paused its use until receiving further guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To sign up for a vaccination appointment through St. Elizabeth Healthcare, click here. If you have questions, call St. Elizabeth’s vaccine information hotline, 888-816-9265.

To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov.

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