FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Kentucky educators have received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, said Governor Andy Beshear who gave a COVID-19 vaccination update during a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Governor Beshear announced all K-12 educators who agreed to be vaccinated, will have their first round of shots, by February 1.
The vaccinations for educators is an effort to keep Kentucky’s schools open safely. Beshear said the second shot for those essential workers will be delivered within the first couple of weeks in March.
“This is really exciting,” he said. “This means on something as important, as vaccines we are actually beating deadlines. Maybe even getting them partially done before we thought we’d be able to start them. This is going to mean with the second dose, just a month after, our educators are going to have real and significant defense against this virus.”
Beshear went on to say it’s important to have educators vaccinated first because they are essential workers who come in contact with many.
The governor also announced a Kentucky partnership with Kroger to provide drive-thru facilities and small clinics across the state for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.