Kentucky has opened more than 400 vaccine sites around state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has more than 400 COVID-19 vaccination sites after adding 119 new sites this week, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday.

More than 646,000 Kentuckians have received a first dose of the vaccine so far, the governor said.

“Vaccinations are going incredibly well in Kentucky,” Beshear during a daily briefing. “We are giving out doses faster than the federal government provides them.”

Most of the new sites, about 90, are at Walgreens stores, the governor’s office said.

The state reported 1,447 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, along with 43 newly reported deaths, adding to a total of 4,570 deaths since the pandemic began. The positivity rate was 5.6%.

The governor’s office said about 90 counties are offering free round-trip public transportation to vaccine sites. Eligible state residents can get information about free transportation at or on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline, (855) 598-2246.