King says legislators have no input on vaccine decisions

I had an extensive phone conversation with Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center’s Medical Director Dr. Bunch on Thursday morning, Jan. 14, 2021.

On that call, he acknowledged Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman are unilaterally choosing who/what areas receive vaccine shipments.

As you may know, Beshear/Coleman are still excluding legislators from their COVID decision-making process.

Dr. Bunch asked that I advocate on EMRMC’s behalf. My advocacy letter was hand-delivered to the Governor’s office that same day.

Your legislators are aware of the need for vaccine in our region and EMRMC’s ability to administer the doses. I’m really disappointed in Dr. Bunch’s decision to tell EMRMC staff and the public that legislators can alter vaccine shipment protocol.

Vaccine advocacy is best served by calling Beshear/Coleman’s office at 502-564-2611. Unfortunately, THEY are making vaccine decisions, not the General Assembly.

Kim King

State Representative, 55th District