FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to get their booster shot for COVID-19 as immunity begins to wane over time.

“You really need to get your booster, because we are seeing hospitalizations among vaccinated people going up month after month, which suggests waning immunity,” Beshear said. “The vaccines work. You need a booster for the vaccines to continue to work at the level that we need them to.”

To make his point, Beshear says he will be getting his booster live during the next Team Kentucky briefing scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4.

Beshear also continues encouraging people across the Bluegrass State to get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially with data showing a larger number of younger Kentuckians are dying from the virus. He says two-thirds of eligible Kentuckians over the age of 18 have already received at least one dose of a vaccine. Adding in those under 18, approximately 2,556,655 Kentuckians have received at least one dose.

“We gotta do better, but I am proud of that. For something that is so new, that’s been so politicized, that there is so much out there on Facebook and the rest, almost 70% of Kentuckians that can make their own call have gone out there and gotten this shot,” Beshear said. “What that means is, that 70%, we really need you to continue to talk to your friends and family and relatives that are in the 30%. Try to do it with kindness; you may be the only person that can get through to them.”

As of the state’s latest report on today, Monday, Nov. 1, health officials say 568 new cases and 26 additional deaths bring the state to a total of 745,353 cases and 9,814 deaths throughout the pandemic. Of Friday’s new cases, 132 were reported in children ages 18 or younger. Beshear says these new cases are higher than the previous Monday for the first time in several weeks, however, he says this could be due to a number of factors and is not cause for alarm at this time.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says 772 Kentuckians were in the hospital with the virus as of Friday. Of those patients, 249 were in the ICU and 138 were on ventilators.

Kentucky currently has a positivity rate of 5.03% and 47 of the state’s 120 counties are in red on the current incidence rate map. Of those, Russell County has the highest incidence rate with a rate of 121.2. Hickman County is the only county in green with a current rate of zero.