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Kelly remains confident in Kansas vaccine plan despite lawmakers' request for review

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:27:27-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly remains confident in her state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, she said Wednesday at her weekly press conference.

Kelly said Republican lawmakers’ efforts to call the plan into question are just “rhetoric.”

Earlier this month, reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed Kansas had the slowest vaccination rate in the nation.

Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman have since sought to debunk the reports, noting that the data was only indicative of a lag in reporting, not distribution.

With more vaccine providers trained on reporting software, Kelly said Wednesday Kansas ranked 17th in the nation for its vaccination rate.

Still, Kansas lawmakers called earlier this week for a review of the plan.

Norman said KDHE is set to testify in front of legislators next week.

The state is set to receive nearly 70,000 more doses of the vaccine.

Norman said 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are incoming, as well as 66,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Of those, 17,000 are prime, or first, doses. The remaining 49,000 are designated for booster, or secondary, doses.

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