Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says that as of Thursday, May 13, all Kentuckians ages 12 and older can receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.
Since Pfizer's COVID-19 was already available to those age 16 and older, this expansion of eligibility means kids ages 12 to 15 can now receive the vaccine. According to Gov. Beshear, the eligibility expansion allows approximately 231,000 more adolescent Kentuckians in the 12 to 15 age group to receive their "shot of hope."
The governor's announcement was made on the heels of the FDA's emergency use authorization of Pfizer's vaccine for individuals ages 12 and up and subsequent approval from the CDC.
“We’ve seen new COVID-19 cases decline as more and more vaccines have been administered," Gov. Beshear said. "Now, many Kentucky children and young teens have a chance to roll up their sleeves and become heroes for their communities by receiving their shot of hope.”
Gov. Beshear says that once 2.5 million residents of the state are vaccinated, most COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. As of Thursday, almost 1.9 million individuals had been vaccinated, according to state data.
Consent from a parent or guardian is required in order for the vaccine to be administered to those who are age 12 to 17 in Kentucky.
As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m., Indiana also began allowing individuals in the same age group to receive the vaccine.