The governor and the first lady receive booster injections in public – The Journal of the Interior

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Governor Andy Beshear has urged Kentuckians who are eligible to receive their COVID-19 booster shot, so on Thursday he and First Lady Britainy Beshear received theirs at a Capitol press briefing.

The governor noted that nearly 100% of COVID cases in Kentucky are still due to the delta variant, and the number of cases is down again this week, but only slightly, from last week.

“It gives us pause to see if our decline is slowing down or not,” he said. “Certainly the curve of this decline, the slope will not be as significant next week. Our hope is that this is only a one week issue, but it looks like it is approaching and/or reaching a plateau.

State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said the state is preparing to start offering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 now that the FDA and CDC have given their blessing.

“Unlike what we did in December and January, there will be a lot of vaccines, so every parent and every child will have a chance to get a shot,” Stack said. “There won’t be all the vaccines on day one, but in the first few weeks it will very clearly increase availability very broadly.”

He noted that the children’s vaccine, which is about a third of the adult dose, is very safe. “In the trail that led to the hearing for this, over 3,000 children, not one of them in this study had heart problems. Nor were there any other events serious or major adverse events, and children tolerated the vaccine with fewer side effects than in adult studies.

Stack added that while children aren’t suffering as much from COVID as adults, “In the population under 18 in the United States, there have been more than six million children under the age of 18 who have been infected with COVID, there have been more than 8,300 hospitalizations and there have been at least 745 deaths.

Beshear added, on the expanded federal approval for children ages 5 to 11, “This vaccine plays an important role in helping to keep our children safe, our schools open and our families healthy. The federal government has already begun distributing doses of pediatric vaccines to locations across the United States. Here in Kentucky, we should have the ability to start administering doses as early as next week. I encourage you to speak to your pediatrician, school nurse, pharmacist or other trusted medical provider to learn more about why this vaccine is important to protect our children and defeat this virus.

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