FRANKFORT, Ky. — Protesters brought their complaints about the governor’s vaccination goal to his residence Wednesday, with some saying his plan amounted to a "vaccine mandate." 

What You Need To Know

  • Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday he will lift certain capacity restrictions once 2.5 million Kentuckians receive one dose of the vaccine

  • Dozens of protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion Wednesday​

  • Some said the governor's plan amounts to a "vaccine mandate"

  • Another gathering is planned for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Standing in the rain between the Capitol and the governor’s mansion, a crowd chanted, "No more!," "My body, my choice," and "This is America." 

Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that he would lift certain capacity restrictions once 2.5 million Kentuckians get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

"Our gains are real and we ought to celebrate them, but the tough news is this crisis is not over," Beshear said, after announcing the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge.

Robin Potter of the Lexington area was not planning to get a vaccine and did not think Kentucky needed to reach Beshear's goal, she said at the protest Wednesday. 

"I think things need to be lifted now," Potter said. "I think schools need to be open. I think businesses need to be open and I think people ought to be able to move around their life the way that we are free to do in our country." 

Marty Terry of Lawrenceburg said he could not get the shot for medical reasons but "wouldn't take it anyway."

"I am objecting to the executive branch telling we the people that we can have our freedoms back if we take the vaccination that he recommends," Terry said. "That is not in his authority. It’s none of his business."


Beshear’s office provided the following statement:

"To end this pandemic, a majority of Kentuckians and Americans need to receive one of the safe, effective vaccines. Gov. Beshear is encouraging more Kentuckians to get a life-saving vaccine so that we can safely and quickly lift many restrictions and finally defeat COVID, which has already killed more than 6,200 Kentuckians.”

Another gathering is planned for Sunday at 2 p.m., protesters said.