Vaccination centers opening in Laurel, Henderson counties

April 23, 2021 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Community COVID-19 vaccination centers will open in Laurel and Henderson counties in a joint effort by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday.

The Laurel County location will open Wednesday in London, while the site in Henderson will open the next day, the governor’s office said. Those sites, along with mobile vaccine services provided by the state, will be capable of delivering up to 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week, it said.

The centers are opening as the state tries to increase its vaccination rate. About 85,000 Kentuckians were vaccinated in the prior week, less than half the number during a peak week in March. Beshear said Thursday that more than 550,000 doses of vaccine were on hand statewide.

“Now is the time for us all to step up to end this battle with the coronavirus once and for all,” Beshear said Friday. “Talk to people you trust to get the information you need about the vaccines, find a location near you and get vaccinated.”

More than 1.7 million Kentuckians have received at least their first vaccine dose, he said.

Anyone 16 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.

The state reported 607 new coronavirus cases Friday and 22 new deaths, including 17 deaths discovered through the state’s audit of deaths from prior months.