Beshear authorizes COVID-19 booster shots for all Kentucky adults

Gov. Andy Beshear has authorized COVID-19 booster shots for all people over 18 who live or work in Kentucky, citing a concern about a possible increase in cases and the approaching holidays.

"Folks, you need to get vaccinated and get this booster, and now it should be fairly easy," Beshear said Wednesday in announcing his executive order.

The order comes as federal health officials appear to be on the verge of recommending COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as cases begin to rise in some states, driven by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus.

That decision could come as soon as this Friday.

Related:University of Kentucky places 24 employees on leave for not complying with COVID-19 policy

The booster shots are meant to increase immunity among those already vaccinated and have been authorized thus far for older adults or those at risk of infection because of health conditions or occupations.

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