FRANKFORT, Ky. — Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is falling flat in Kentucky. As of Wednesday morning, just over 1.8 million Kentuckians have received their first dose of the vaccine. That’s just about 41% of the state’s population. 1.3 million are fully vaccinated. That’s right around 30% of the population.

What You Need To Know

  • There is a slowdown in vaccine demand across Kentucky

  • 41% of Kentuckians have received at least one dose

  • Around 30% of Kentuckians are fully vaccinated

  • CDC data shows the demand slowdown started in April

Nonprofit government data company, USA Facts, has been using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers to track supply and demand for the vaccine across the state.

There was a quick ramp-up in the number of doses administered from January through mid-April. Then, it is essentially flat-lined in the state. One month ago, on April 5, 1.5 million Kentuckians had received their first dose of the vaccine. However, since April 5, just about 400,000 Kentuckians have gone in for their first dose.


Doctors say this trend is likely because younger Kentuckians are not as eager to get the vaccine.


That state dashboard also shows vaccination rates vary from county to county. The counties with the highest percentage of vaccinated residents are:

  • Woodford (55%)
  • Franklin (54%)
  • Fayette (52%)
  • Scott (45%)
  • Jefferson (44%)

The counties with the lowest percentage of vaccinated residents are:

  • Lewis (20%)
  • McCreary (20%)
  • Ballard (19%)
  • Spencer (17%)
  • Christian (17%)