Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Wednesday that as of Monday, April 5, the COVID-19 vaccine would be available to all individuals in the Commonwealth who are at least 16-years-old.
"This coming Monday, we are opening vaccinations to everyone over 16 for Pfizer, or 18 for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson," Gov. Beshear said on Wednesday during his COVID-19 update to the state. "That will be a complete opening of all of our vaccination sites to everyone who qualifies under the FDA and the CDC's decisions."
The governor's Wednesday announcement on vaccines means the Bluegrass State is even further ahead of schedule than originally planned, as the state previously planned to open vaccine eligibility to those 16 and older on April 12.
"We will beat the president's request by a month to have it opened up to everyone," Gov. Beshear remarked.
According to the governor, the decision to expand vaccine eligibility on Monday was made with a few reasons in mind.
"We're seeing in a number of states... an increase in cases, an increase in hospitalizations, and it's happening amongst younger people," Gov. Beshear said. "We believe this is because of the more aggressive variants. We want to get ahead of them."
The governor said the state also currently has a number of vaccination appointments open. "We want to make sure we fill those," he said. "So starting on Monday, if you're 16 and up - you qualify to get this vaccine."
Until April 5, Kentucky will remain in Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan, allowing all Kentuckians age 40 and above to receive the vaccine.
To register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky, visit the state health department's website and select a vaccination site near you.
You can watch Gov. Beshear's full Wednesday COVID-19 update here.