Gov. Beshear Provides Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations, Wishes Kentuckians a Happy Derby Weekend

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 30, 2021) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear wished all Kentuckians a happy Derby weekend and announced 1,760,933 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I hope all Kentuckians enjoy Oaks today and the Derby tomorrow – I know we’re so excited to get back to a more normal celebration of such a special tradition,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s important to keep yourselves and others safe. Mask up when you’re inside or in large groups, and most important, get vaccinated if you haven’t yet.”

Kentuckians should visit to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.

Bipartisan, Regional Group of Governors Encourages Vaccines
Today, Gov. Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined together to release a video on social media urging people in their states to get safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to keep you and your family safe and to help us get back to normal sooner,” said Gov. Beshear.

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

Kentuckians vaccinated (have received at least one dose): 1,760,933

New cases today: 723
Positivity rate: 3.22%

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).


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