Gov. Andy Beshear says COVID-19 positivity rate declining as more Kentuckians get vaccinated


KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health, provided updates on Monday on the booster shots for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Moderna series and the Pfizer vaccine series for children ages 5 to 11. During the briefing, Governor Beshear said that COVID-19 data is heading in the right direction as Kentuckians continue to get vaccinated.

“In today’s report, what we see is just about everything is moving in the right direction and actually at a speed – the decrease in cases and in hospitalizations, ventilator use and ICUs – that is significant,” said Gov. Beshear. “It is a real trend, a positive trend. It has not plateaued. It is moving downward, which is reason for optimism. But our deaths, which trail cases and hospitalizations, ICUs and ventilators, remain too high.”

Dr. Stack also said the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Advisory Committee is set to meet Oct. 26 and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to meet November 2-3 to discuss Pfizer vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11. The committees are considering 10 microgram doses for children, which is significantly smaller than the 30 microgram doses used for people 12 and older. Dr. Stack said the Department of Public Health is working with pharmacies and pediatric providers to ensure they are ready to vaccinate children in this age group quickly if it is approved.

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