Andy Beshear, Kentucky governor, says he’ll get coronavirus vaccine in public

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Once vaccines for COVID-19 are available, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he plans to be vaccinated in public to show his confidence that it’s safe.

The Democratic governor urged patience Wednesday even as federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot.

“We do have to let the science take its course,” Beshear said. “And we do have to make sure it’s safe. Because I’m going to be asked to sign a form for my kids on it. And I intend to do that. I intend to do that when I know it’s safe.”

The father of two said he’ll discuss it with Kentuckians when the time comes. And that includes rolling up his sleeve in public once a safe and effective shot is developed.

“My plan is still to take the vaccine right here at 4 o’clock someday to show people that I believe that it’s safe,” the governor told reporters.

Beshear made the comments during his coronavirus briefing in the state Capitol Rotunda. Those briefings typically begin at 4 p.m. ET.

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