Beshear hints at executive order on COVID boosters for all eligible adults

Nov 15, 2021

Credit J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says he may issue an executive order that would expand eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots. 

The federal government has recommended states limit booster shots to those at most risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. However, Governor Andy Beshear said during a briefing on Monday, he believes the nation needs to open up booster shots to everyone.  

“I believe that’s the way we fight off the next wave and I believe the federal government will come back around to that decision at some point," Beshear stated.


Currently, only certain groups are eligible for the COVID-19 booster, including people 65 and older, those with underlying conditions, and people who live or work in high-risk settings.

The governor pointed to at least three states that have expanded access to boosters, and says he’s considering executive action that would do the same in Kentucky.

The order would apply to those 18 or older who received a second Moderna or Pfizer shot over six months ago, or who got a Johnson & Johnson shot two months ago.