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Gov. Beshear announces Kroger partnership for drive-through vaccination clinics across Kentucky

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Kentucky will partner with Kroger to ramp up its coronavirus vaccination distribution starting next month, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday, as he announced 4,084 new cases of COVID-19 and 51 more virus-related deaths.

Kroger, through its partnership with Kentucky, will set up a series of “high-volume vaccination centers” across different regions of Kentucky that, once they are set up the week of February 1st, will be accessible to anyone eligible in the third-priority group, 1C. That group includes essential workers, anyone age 60 and older, and anyone over the age of 16 with certain health issues.

People will be able to begin scheduling appointments on January 28th.

Beshear said he expects to complete vaccination of K-12 personnel by the end of the first week of February.

"The state is making a real investment to prioritize K-12 educators and other school staff to enable students to get back into class," said commissioner of public health, Dr. Steven Stack. "This is nothing short of amazing to get these new vaccines out so quickly."

Kentucky has sped up its vaccine distribution (last week, the number of doses given out was nearly double the week before), but the state still has only administered 63 percent of the 324,650 doses it has received.

The state is only responsible for administering for a portion of the doses that arrive in the state each week. Kentucky doesn’t have control, for instance, over how quickly the federally-contracted CVS Health and Walgreens dole out doses to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. Immunization of that population continues to be slow-going — only 29 percent of the 98,475 doses received for that population have been given out. 

Beshear on Thursday said it “needs to go faster.”

Case Information 
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

New cases today: 4,084
New deaths today: 51
Positivity rate: 12.34%
Long-term care total deaths: 2,105
Total deaths: 3,042 
Currently hospitalized: 1,661
Currently in ICU: 548
Currently on ventilator: 196

Kenton: 235
Boone: 176
Campbell: 126

This story will be updated. 

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