Gov. Beshear: ‘Half-a-million COVID-19 vaccine doses available in Ky.’

Gov. Beshear: ‘Half-a-million COVID-19 vaccine doses available in Ky.’
Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky as of Thursday, April 15. (Source: Kentucky Dept. for Public Health)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky has 499,735 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines on hand and ready to be administered.

He said that’s more than half the number the state would need to meet its 2.5 million Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.

“As of today, we are only 877,076 vaccinations away from our goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians 16 and older receiving their vaccine,” said Governor Beshear. “The way we defeat this virus is with vaccines, and I want to give you one statistic to show just how incredible they are.

You can click here to see a list of all the vaccination sites that have openings this week.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky

As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, Governor Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

  • New cases today: 834
  • New deaths today: 17
  • New audit deaths: 0
  • Positivity rate: 3.45%
  • Total deaths: 6,302
  • Currently hospitalized: 416
  • Currently in ICU: 102
  • Currently on ventilator: 49

To see a list of those reported lost to the virus, click here.

The number of Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose) is 1,622,924. On Monday, the governor reported that vaccination data would update over the next two to three days after the state’s reporting system completed a security upgrade.

Unemployment insurance update

Amy Cubbage, general counsel for the governor, updated Kentuckians on in-person unemployment insurance appointments, federal tax returns for UI claimants and the UI system reopening after a temporary shutdown to enhance security.

Kentucky Career Centers Open to In-Person Appointments

Cubbage said 13 regional Kentucky Career Centers opened for approximately 9,500 in-person appointments that are scheduled through April 30.

On April 19, Kentuckians can begin scheduling appointments for May 3; after that, appointments will open up for an additional day each night at 12 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Claimants with appointments are being offered additional career center services, including re-employment services, as part of their appointments.

Employers were handing out applications at some of the career centers on Thursday.

“We hope to have employers onsite next week with job opportunities available at all career center locations. These employer booths are outside the career centers and will be available, weather permitting, with no appointment. Masks and social distancing will still be required,” said Cubbage.

Kentuckians can also register for and access job search resources at kcc.ky.gov.

Federal Tax Refunds

Cubbage said if claimants filed federal taxes before Congress exempted the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits from taxes, they do not need to file an amended return. The IRS has announced it will start processing refunds owed due to this new exemption in May.

UI System Reopened After Temporary Shutdown

The UI system reopened Tuesday morning after a temporary shutdown to stop suspicious and aggressive criminals attempting to gain unauthorized access to UI customer data.

“During the system shut down we moved everyone to a new eight-digit PIN so it would be more secure than our previous four-digit PIN. Letters were mailed in batches giving claimants new PIN numbers and step-by-step instructions on how to register in the new UI system,” said Cubbage.

Approximately 30,000 people have already registered in the new UI system.

“If you have not received your letter and need to access your UI account you can call our UI Help Line at 502-564-2900 and staff will be able to reset your PIN once they verify your identification,” Cubbage added.

Hours for the UI Help Line are:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. EDT. If claimants are in the que by 8 p.m., they will be assisted.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT

At this time, UI staff will only be helping with the registration process or resetting PIN numbers on the help line.

“If your PIN is reset over the phone with our staff, when your letter arrives that PIN is no longer valid. You will need to use the PIN that was reset for you over the phone,” said Cubbage. “Once you receive your PIN, you will need to register in the UI system as a new user. Your letter that has your new PIN also has step-by-step instructions on how to complete the registration.”

You can click here for a tutorial video and step-by-step guide.

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