Five healthcare workers were the first individuals in Kentucky to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday morning at the University of Louisville (U of L) Hospital.
"Today we'll have our first five healthcare workers vaccinated, but it is just the start," said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, who was at U of L Hospital as the vaccines were administered. "This is a historic achievement that promises to save lives in this fight, restore our economy, get our kids back to school, and let our kids hug their grandparents once again."
The governor watched as five U of L Health doctors and nurses, who have been working on the front lines to help Kentuckians during the COVID-19 pandemic, publicly received the vaccinations.
Those receiving the first vaccinations at U of L Health on Monday were: Jason Smith, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at UofL Health and trauma surgeon at UofL Hospital; Valerie Briones-Pryor, MD; Mohamed Saad, MD; LaShawn Scott, MSN/Ed, RN, CCRN-K; and Beth Sum, BSN.
Sarah Bishop, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CIC, director of infection prevention at UofL Hospital, administered the vaccinations to all five.
Three Kentucky hospitals, University of Louisville Hospital, Baptist Health Lexington, and the Medical Center at Bowling Green, each received 975 doses on Monday and began their vaccination plans.
A little bit closer to home, Baptist Health Madisonville is expected to receive its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine by Tuesday after the hospital was selected as one of the first 11 hospitals in the state to receive the vaccine.
The initial shipment of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Kentucky on Sunday after being granted Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Below, you can see the live press conference where the vaccines were administered.