Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear expressed his disappointment with the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying distribution should be moving much faster than it is.
"Our challenge in planning is we have to make sure people get those second doses," Governor Beshear said in his Tuesday update.
As of Tuesday, of the 324,550 vaccines the state has received, only 140,636 have been administered, according the the Kentucky vaccine dashboard.
While more populated areas of the state remain in Phase 1a of vaccinations, some smaller communities are pushing forward.
"They got more vaccine per their amount of population than many of our urban centers or other urban areas and that's because we were targeting hospitals and where hospitals are and we've got a lot of rural hospitals in our Commonwealth," Beshear said.
Now, Beshear says the state needs to pick up the pace, but choosing whether to administer reserve doses to new groups has been a challenge.
"Being really careful when the big amount comes in that if we immediately vaccinate everyone with that, which is what we want to do, is there going to be sufficient amounts three to four weeks later to get that booster shot?" Beshear said. "And that's what we're working on right now."
Without an update on how statewide distribution will change until at least Thursday it is uncertain when the state will shift to a new phase, but Governor Beshear said smaller communities that have completed Phase 1a shouldn't wait to move to 1b.
That would prioritize those age 70 and older, first responders and K-12 educators.
Meanwhile Indiana is getting ready to vaccinate residents 80 and older and some of our Illinois communities including Saline, Gallatin and White Counties are now taking appointments for Phase 1b vaccinations.