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Governor, Mayor, and Schools Superintendent Urge Vaccinations At Lexington High School

Stu Johnson

Kentucky’s governor, Lexington’s mayor, and Fayette County schools’ acting superintendent all lent their voice Tuesday in urging 12-to 15-year-olds to get vaccinated against coronavirus.  The setting was Lafayette High School.

“This is the way we get it done.  This is the way we move forward for our community,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. 

Noting it’s the last day of a very different school year, Mayor Gorton said the day also carries significance for students getting their first dose of vaccine.  Among those getting injections in the school library was 13-year-old Ty Samson. “Just protecting everyone.  It would be nice to finally be able to not use a mask.  I don’t know, I’m just ready for it to be over,” said Samson. 

Lexington school system vaccinations have gone from just under 900 three weeks ago to 1700 appointments this week.  Tenth grader Katie Grospitch said vaccination has not been a major topic among her friends, but she believes many are ready to get the injections.  “I think we’ve all the past year we’ve seen how much we’ve all struggled and we’ve all talked a lot about it and we’re all really ready to get back to normal.  And so, I think that’s something we’ve all put into our factor if we’re choosing to get the vaccine, is the fact that we have the chance to go back to normal and we’re almost there and so I think that’s something that a lot of my friends and I have talked about that if we have the opportunity then why not do it,” explained Grospitch. 

Lexington Mayor Gorton noted citywide about 53% of those 12 years of age and up are fully vaccinated.  The state’s positivity rate stands at 2.7%.  Governor Andy Beshear said he hopes that rate reaches zero. 

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