COVID-19 vaccine

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday in a press conference said along with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, new shipments of the federally-approved vaccines are coming to the state.

Stu Johnson

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack says there’s no way around it, a significant adjustment is needed for this holiday season. He said coronavirus brings with it a significant threat of spread over the next couple of weeks.

Answering Your Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccines

Dec 18, 2020
Cheryl Gerber

The arrival of the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was met with cheers around the Ohio Valley as the first doses were administered to front-line health workers. The Pfizer —  and, soon, Moderna — vaccines bring the promise of relief after months of pandemic-driven closures and a deadly surge in cases.

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  COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Tennessee hospitals Thursday in the darkest days of the pandemic so far. Even as they began inoculating their frontline staff, they are seeing the sickest patients yet. 

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 The first COVID-19 vaccinations in the Purchase region of Kentucky began Thursday morning, and the first person to be vaccinated says he’s “proud” to have an additional defense against the virus.

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Before the pandemic started, it was clear that Tennesseans were divided politically.

The U.K. will administer its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, government and health officials say, raising hopes that the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech could help them tame the coronavirus.

"We're looking forward to the race starting on Tuesday," Chris Hopson, CEO of the U.K.'s NHS Providers, said Friday in an interview with the BBC. His organization represents hospitals and medical service groups.

Who better to promote a product than a former president? How about three?

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are willing to lend their star power for a good cause, saying this week that they would publicly take a coronavirus vaccine, once it's available in the U.S., to encourage skeptical Americans to do the same.

Obama said that if Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, thought the vaccine was safe and effective, then he would get his shot.

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A federal advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Tuesday to recommend who should get COVID-19 vaccines first once one is authorized for use.

Health care workers are expected to be first in line to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available.

It makes sense: Getting a safe, effective vaccine would help keep them and their patients healthy. Seeing doctors, nurses and medical aides getting COVID-19 vaccines would also set an example for the community.