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First COVID-19 vaccine batches now at 11 Kentucky hospitals

December 16, 2020 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s first shipments of the new COVID-19 vaccine have reached their designated hospitals after the final batch arrived in Paducah on Wednesday.

The Pfizer-BioNTech doses arrived at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, according to Gov. Andy Beshear’s office. Ten other hospitals around the state received shipments that started arriving on Monday.

Kentucky got about 38,000 doses from Pfizer. Most of it will be used to inoculate health care workers and nursing home residents and staff.

“A corner has been turned as we begin vaccinating our heroes who’ve been battling on the front lines of this virus,” Mercy Health-Lourdes president Michael Yungmann said in a release from the governor’s office. “While it has been a long year, today is a day for celebration.”

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The governor’s office reported 2,898 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with 23 deaths.