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Governor, St. Elizabeth Healthcare celebrates hospital’s 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination

ERLANGER, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear today visited St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Training and Education Center to celebrate the hospital administering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination.

Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge on Monday, setting a goal of 2.5 million Kentuckians receiving at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. When that happens, the state can lift many restrictions on venues and businesses that cater to fewer than 1,000 patrons.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood was among the first 11 hospital sites in Kentucky to receive the initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Together with partners like St. Elizabeth, we are winning our war against the coronavirus this year. This is how we get back to being able to do more of the things we all want to do,” Beshear said. “We are in a race to defeat this virus as other states see a deadly ‘fourth wave’ of COVID-19. We must not let that happen in the commonwealth. We need to vaccinate more Kentuckians, faster, which is what makes St. Elizabeth’s 100,000th vaccine milestone so special.”

Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians 16 and older to sign up for vaccination appointments, available at more than 500 vaccination sites across the commonwealth. There is now a vaccination site close to where every Kentuckian lives.

Kentucky vaccination sites are currently administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which account for approximately 95% of all COVID-19 vaccines administered in Kentucky so far. A small number of Kentucky providers that were administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until Tuesday have briefly paused its use until receiving further guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov.