TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly says Kansas is no longer in the bottom tier of states when it comes to distributing the coronavirus vaccine.
“Due to a significant improvement in reporting data, Kansas is in the top tier of states providing COVID-19 vaccinations,” Kelly said during an afternoon news conference. “In fact I just heard that we have moved up to 17th.”
“When we expanded phase 2 to all Kansans over the age of 65, we were actually preempting the CDC,” Kelly said.
She said they continue to monitor the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout to ensure that everyone is vaccinated and that no vaccinations go to waste.
“As we prepare to enter phase 2, we are working to ensure we have an adequate network of providers to care for our citizens,” Kelly said. “We have agreed to participate in a national pharmacy partnership to increase the number of available vaccination sites across the state. Over the course of the next week, we will be providing more information at what sites eligible individuals can receive their vaccines.”
Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), was asked about some rural hospitals that say did not get any of the vaccines.
“There were some vaccination sites that haven’t requested vaccine, and we don’t send it to those that are not requesting,” he said. “I would have to get more information on which hospitals those were.”
Earlier today, the KDHE announced that there have been another 100 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Kansas. It brings the state’s death toll to 3,355.
Kelly was also asked about the delay in some unemployment benefits. She said she has not talked to the Kansas Department of Labor this week and cannot give a clear answer.
“One thing I do know though is that that backlog that had been up at 25,000 has gone down to about 750 or lower,” she said. “So we’re making tremendous progress on that.”
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