Kentucky asks feds to double vaccine supply

FRANKFORT, Ky. — After getting off to a slow start with its COVID-19 vaccination effort, Kentucky has rapidly increased the pace.

Now the state is facing a new problem — supply.

Last week, the state was able to vaccinate more than 83,000 Kentuckians.
But only 56,000 new doses are expected to arrive this week. If that trend continues, it could lead to Kentuckians waiting days each week for new vaccines to arrive.

That’s why Gov. Andy Beshear says he is asking the federal government to double the state’s allotment.

“I’ve formally requested from Operation Warp Speed that the federal government double the amount of vaccine we receive every week,” Beshear said. “We are proving that we can get it out there. We are proving that we are efficient. We are proving that we can get it into people’s arms.

“But right now, and moving into the future, we’re going to be sitting around for entire days when we’ve already run out of vaccine, waiting to get more from the federal government. This is our major challenge moving forward.”

Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky saw more than 2,200 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to nearly 331,000.

Twenty-seven more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 3,194.

More than 1,600 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 442 in intensive care and 208 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is currently 11.55 percent.