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Gov. Laura Kelly announces Kansas to move to Phase 5 of vaccine distribution plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly on Friday announced that starting next Monday, March 29, 2021, the State of Kansas will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Kansans (16+), entering the final Phase 5 of the Vaccine Prioritization plan.

Sedgwick County stated they are ready to move into the plan. Following Gov. Kelly’s announcement, County Chairman Pete Meitzner provided comments.

“This is a great win for people in Sedgwick County,” said Meitzner. “We appreciate the State’s cooperation in this and look forward to getting more people vaccinated.”

Tim Kaufman, deputy county manager, said that you can schedule appointments now. More Johnson & Johnson vaccines are set to come next week on April 1.

Note, at this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 16 and older. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are approved for people aged 18 and older; there is no vaccine authorized for children. 

Watch the conference below.

“With the anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, we must get every dose of vaccine into arms quickly,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I strongly encourage every Kansan to get the COVID-19 vaccine so we can get back to school, back to work, and back to normal.”

Kansas will become the eighth state to make the vaccine available to all adults, joining Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, and West Virginia.

As of March 26, 35.1% of the adult population in Kansas had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In the early part of the vaccination program from December to February, limited federal supply led to demand for vaccine consistently outstripping supply.

However, the supply increases of recent weeks have reversed this situation. Local health departments and providers have started reporting a decline in demand despite the state opening to Phases 3 and 4 populations. To ensure no vaccine goes to waste, the Kelly administration decided to open eligibility to all Kansans.

Kansans are encouraged to use the Vaccine Finder tool to find the nearest location with the available vaccine.

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