Beshear promotes efforts to overcome vaccination hesitancy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Rev. Jim Thurman counts himself among the converts who recognize the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The prominent Black activist received his second dose of vaccine Wednesday. He appeared with Gov. Andy Beshear at an event aimed at encouraging minority populations to roll up their sleeves for the shots. Beshear acknowledges the challenge of overcoming vaccine hesitancy among some people, especially in minority populations, as the state prepares for ramped-up vaccine shipments. The governor’s office says Blacks make up 8.4% of Kentucky’s population but they account for 4.6% of those who have been vaccinated so far.