Kansas says more first responders, teachers next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Kansas vaccine distribution plan
Posted at 5:23 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 18:23:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas released the initial framework for its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan Wednesday.

Gov. Laura Kelly said the framework is dependent on how many doses of the vaccines Kansas receives, and when it receives them.

The framework gave a clearer picture of who can expect to get the vaccine at what time.

In the first round of vaccines to take place this winter, front line health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and EMS and public health workers are the state’s priority.

People who work in areas critical to infrastructure can expect to receive the vaccine next, projected to be in the late winter.

That group includes more first responders, teachers, school staff, child care workers and those who may face adverse health effects if they were to contract COVID-19.

The third group is expected to be vaccinated in the spring of 2021.

It incorporates “all other adults” in the state.

Lastly, the vaccine will be available to everyone, including children, in summer 2021.

“Through this framework, my administration upholds our commitment to maximizing benefits, minimizing harm, and striving for equity, justice, and fairness when it comes to when the vaccine will be made available to which Kansans,” Kelly said in a statement.

During a news conference Wednesday, Kelly said Kansas should receive 49,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine next week, given the Food and Drug Administration gives its emergency authorization.

The state began receiving and administering doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday.