A correction of misreported COVID vaccinations decreased Kentucky’s total by 252,000 people, reducing the commonwealth’s inoculation percentage to around 56%. Governor Andy Beshear said new information about how Kroger pharmacies reported vaccination totals to the federal government caused the correction. Kentucky’s unique vaccination total reduced from 2.78 million to 2.53 million.
The national website should post the updated totals on Friday. Beshear suggested calculations will reduce for each Kentucky age group by 5% to 7%. He insisted that the reporting issue was unintentional, adding, “We don’t blame anyone for this.”
While Beshear said the error slightly hurts Kentucky’s numbers, he stated that it should reaffirm a commitment for vaccinated individuals to get a booster shot. He did not believe the adjustment would impact statistics regarding hospitalizations and deaths of vaccinated Kentuckians.
Kentucky’s COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations, patients in intensive care units, and those on ventilators continue to trend downward. The governor reiterated a point he made on Monday that trends could lead to the state being in a “good place” with the pandemic in a matter of three weeks.
Beshear also announced a $450 million General Electric (GE) investment at the Louisville GE Appliance Park that will add 1,000 new jobs and a $355 million Tyson Foods investment in a new Bowling Green bacon production facility.