Sen. McConnell Visits Baptist Health to Speak on Vaccine Progress

Mitch McConnell spoke to the media and hospital officials to praise the hospitals vaccine rollout and to push for more people to get vaccinated in the bluegrass state.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 6:40 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2021 8:23 AM

Senator Mitch McConnell took a visit to Baptist Health in Madisonville on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the progress of Kentucky's vaccine rollout.

In his speech, he emphasized the need for at least 75% of Kentuckians to be vaccinated for the state to have herd immunity.

Multiple strains of the virus have been found in the tri-state. On Tuesday, the Hopkins County Health Department found the UK variant in one of their covid positive citizens.

Senator McConnell spoke about how the herd immunity will play an important role in stopping the spread of these new variants and getting us back to normal.

“It looks to me like we’re on pace to beat the goal before the summer, and the goal is 75%, herd immunity by the summer hopefully, and then back to normal," said McConnell.

McConnell's visit was part of a tour across the Bluegrass State where McConnell visited more than 20 different Kentucky hospitals to speak about the state’s vaccine progress.

Currently, more than 20,000 citizens in Hopkins County have received their vaccine. That’s close to 50% of the community.

McConnell said the state has done a good job of vaccinating, but it will need to continue a steady pace to get to herd immunity across the state.

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