Today, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged vaccinated Kentuckians to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The boosters help individuals protect themselves and others better as immunity from the initial vaccine dose(s) likely wanes over time.
All Kentuckians are now eligible to get any of the three COVID-19 vaccine boosters: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
“You really need to get your booster, because we are seeing hospitalizations among vaccinated people going up month after month, which suggests waning immunity,” said Gov. Beshear. “Getting your booster is incredibly important. I am going to get mine live Thursday when we do the Team Kentucky update. The vaccines work. You need a booster for the vaccines to continue to work at the level that we need them to.”
COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,556,665
Today’s report is the Governor’s first since some duplicate vaccinations in the federal reporting system were removed. To learn more, see the full release.
Oct. 30, Cases: 941
Oct. 30, Deaths: 10
Oct. 31, Cases: 711
Oct. 31, Deaths: 12
New Cases Today: 568
New Deaths: 26
Today’s Positivity Rate: 5.03%
Current Hospitalizations: 772
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 249
Currently on Ventilators: 138
During the week ending Oct. 31, 8,603 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kentucky and the average test positivity rate was 4.98%.
From March 1 to Oct. 27, 84.1% of COVID-19 cases, 84.2% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 85.0% of COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky have been among those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Gov. Beshear: Sign-Ups Open on State-Based Marketplace for Quality Health Plans
Gov. Beshear is reminding Kentuckians that the health coverage annual enrollment period opens today, Nov. 1, providing citizens of the commonwealth the opportunity to sign up for commercial plan coverage that begins in 2022.
In addition, Kentuckians have a new place for enrolling: kynect.ky.gov. To get help signing up, Kentuckians can also call help lines for kynect benefits (1-855-306-8959), kynect health coverage (1-855-459-6328) or TTY (1-855-326-4654).
“Starting today, Kentucky families can go online and shop and save on quality health care coverage,” Gov. Beshear said. “Health care is a basic human right, and the healthier we all are, the better spot we are in to build a better Kentucky and further boost our booming economy.”
Enrollments received through Dec. 15, 2021, will qualify for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2022. For Kentuckians who enroll between Dec. 16, 2021, and Jan. 15, 2022, coverage will start Feb. 1, 2022. Enrollment in a commercial plan will remain open on kynect.ky.gov through Jan. 15, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.
“The important thing to do is to look and plan. Talk to the kynector, talk to the agent, and have them help you shop around,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander. “You are likely to find a plan, hopefully one that is less than what you are currently paying. This is good for Kentucky.”