Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday signed an executive order qualifying anyone 18 years of age or older and living or working in the Commonwealth to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster six months after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or two months after a single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The governor said Kentucky was seeing a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases and the rate of testing positivity for many weeks, but recently those numbers have started to level off or even increase slightly.
“We are entering the incredible holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and other gatherings, which unfortunately are particularly risky for the spread of COVID-19,” Beshear said. “For this reason, it’s more important than ever to get people vaccinated and get boosters to push their immunity to the highest levels, because over time that immunity wanes.”
Until today, based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, booster injections of Moderna and Pfizer were limited to Kentuckians over the age of 65 with underlying conditions. important or exposed to many people in the course of their work.
“Folks, you really need to get the vaccine and get this booster, and now it should be pretty easy. It’s going to make you a lot safer over the next few months, ”Beshear said.
Buffalo Trace District Health Department Director Victor McKay said he was happy to hear Beshear’s announcement.
“We have focused our attention on the recall clinics for the past few weeks and enlisted the help of the Kentucky National Guard and they have done an outstanding job for us and other health departments in the state. “, did he declare.
The next scheduled booster clinic will be this Friday at the Robertson County School in Mount Olivet, McKay said. That clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and another clinic is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at the Tom Browning Boys and Girls Club in Maysville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., he said.
Those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine booster can book an appointment online at www.buffalotracehealth.com or by calling the health department at 606-564-9447.
“Health department employees will be more than happy to help you make appointments,” McKay said. “Walk-in people are welcome and are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming clinics. “
The first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are currently offered to the health service on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“We are working to get to a point where we can offer the first, second and booster doses more frequently at Mason County and Robertson County health centers,” McKay said.
As of Wednesday, November 17, more than 437,000 Kentuckians had received a recall.
So far, at least five other states have taken similar steps to expand eligibility, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and West Virginia. According to reports, the Food and Drug Administration may allow booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults as early as this week.
The latest case numbers available for the region include:
Mason County – 3,012 total cases, 77 active, 71 deaths.
Robertson County – 400 total cases, 28 active, 16 deaths.
Bracken County – 1,294 total cases, 28 active, 16 deaths.
Lewis County – 2,754 total cases, 65 active cases, 59 deaths.
Fleming County – 2,244 total cases, four active, 36 deaths.
Adams County, Ohio – 4,382 total cases, 106 deaths.
Brown County, Ohio – 6,822 total cases, 109 deaths.
All five counties in the Buffalo Trace Area – Mason, Fleming, Bracken, Lewis and Robertson – have returned to the red zone.