Health workers receive Kansas' first coronavirus vaccines

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 14:06:17-05

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas health care workers have begun receiving the first of the state’s coronavirus vaccines amid an ongoing fall surge in cases that has left hospitals stressed.

A spokeswoman says that five employees of the Via Christi Ascension health care system received shots Monday at its St. Francis hospital in Wichita, including a critical care nurse, a housekeeper for a COVID-19 unit and a respiratory therapist.

Doses of a vaccine made by Pfizer began arriving in Kansas after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized its emergency use Friday.

Kansas officials expect the state to receive the first of two doses for 23,750 people this week.