Five former Kentucky governors receive COVID-19 vaccine

(Commonwealth of Kentucky)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 12:45 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Five former Kentucky governors and their spouses received the COVID-19 vaccination Monday.

Those who received the Moderna vaccine Monday include Julian Carroll, John Y. Brown Jr., Martha Layne Collins and Bill Collins, Ernie and Glenna Fletcher and Steve and Jane Beshear.

They said: “We all look forward to the day we can get back out into the Kentucky communities we love so much and gather with our friends and family, but until then, we urge our fellow Kentuckians to wear masks, limit their gatherings and take the vaccine. This vaccine is a medical miracle – the shot of hope Kentuckians and Americans have been looking forward to for almost a year to save lives, reduce the spread of this deadly virus, allow more of our neighbors to return to work and ensure our children and educators can safely return to school. This vaccine is safe, effective and our best hope of defeating COVID. We urge all Kentuckians to roll up their sleeves, take the fight to COVID and do their part to move the commonwealth forward.”

Former Gov. Paul Patton and his wife, Judi, are receiving the vaccine in Pikeville. Former Gov. Brereton Jones and his wife, Libby, were unable to attend, but say they support the vaccines and will receive them as soon as possible.

All four join in the above statement issued by the former governors and their spouses who were vaccinated Monday at the Capitol.

“These men and women showed their willingness to lead once again by stepping forward, regardless of party, age or geography, to spotlight the safety and the value of this vaccine in ending this nightmare for Kentucky and emerging a better commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Thanks to them for demonstrating the importance of this vaccine in saving our fellow Kentuckians and ending this pandemic.”

Once political opponents former Govs. Steve Beshear and Ernie Fletcher say they urge Kentuckians to set aside partisanship to work together and defeat COVID-19.

“Right now is the time to set aside political differences and come together to defeat COVID-19,” the Governors said.

Gov. Andy Beshear received his vaccination Dec. 22.

Former Kentucky governors who have been vaccinated:

  • Julian Carroll, 1974 – 1979
  • John Y. Brown Jr., 1979 – 1983
  • Martha Layne Collins, 1983 – 1987
  • Paul E. Patton, 1995 – 2003
  • Ernie Fletcher, 2003 – 2007
  • Steven L. Beshear, 2007 – 2015

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