Governor 'OK' with 2nd round of shots; Kansas economy slumps

Posted at 3:23 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:23:15-05

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Laura Kelly is expressing little concern over a smaller-than-expected second shipment of a coronavirus vaccine for Kansas.

The governor added Friday that she expects the state’s plan for distributing shots in coming months to boost an economy that has slowed recently.

Kelly said the reduction in the state’s second shipment of a vaccine made by Pfizer is “more of a smoothing process” by the federal government to make sure health care workers who received the first of two doses this week can get the second in January.

Optimism about the vaccine comes amid bad economic news for the state.

Claims for unemployment benefits have jumped in recent weeks.