Beshear said during his update Thursday that officials believe the state will have all of its K-12 personnel who agreed to receive the shots vaccinated by the end of the first week of February. That would be an earlier scenario than previously planned.
Those educators will receive the first dose that week and then the second a month later. That would put Kentucky in the position to have much of its school force vaccinated by the end of March if all goes as planned.
Under Kentucky’s vaccine rollout plan, phase 1B includes all K-12 school personnel who work in school buildings. Those who work off-site in other school administration buildings will receive vaccines at a later date.
The exact number of Kentucky educators who have signed up for vaccines is unknown, but in Jefferson County, more than 12,000 employees have signed up to get the shot. Jefferson County Public School officials said 1,900 declined it.