FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Members of the clergy, either part-time or full-time, are officially listed as essential frontline workers in the 1C category and are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.
Previously, it was announced they were eligible but clergy was only recently listed officially. Those in the 1C category can begin getting vaccines starting March 1, Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday.
A few weeks ago, several clergy members received the vaccine in the Capitol as a way to encourage others to receive it. Church leaders were expected to help dispel misinformation and to communicate the truth, said Steve Weaver, senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church near Frankfort and a chaplain for the legislature.
"Christians were at the forefront of the modern scientific revolution because they believed in an orderly world, designed by a wise Creator, that could be explored and increasingly understood. In this way, the COVID-19 vaccines are the product of a Christian worldview," Weaver said.
Todd Gray, the executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said Kentucky Baptist pastors have made safety a priority throughout the pandemic.
“It’s encouraging that they are now eligible to receive the vaccination so they can be even more protected from this serious virus.”