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Boosters now available to all vaccinated Kentuckians

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that qualifies every person 18 years old or older and living or working in the commonwealth to get a COVID-19 vaccination booster.

They are eligible six months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or two months after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

At least five other states have taken similar steps to expand eligibility including, Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and West Virginia.

The Governor said Kentucky has seen COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates plateau or increase slightly after weeks of decline.

In a statement, the governor said the upcoming holidays will mean more gatherings which means more opportunity for virus spread. “Because of that, it’s more important than ever that we get people vaccinated and get people their boosters to push their immunity up to the highest levels, because over time that immunity wanes,” explained Governor Beshear.

The governor’s office says that as of November 17, more than 437,000 Kentuckians have received a booster.

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