Kansas to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible residents Monday

Everyone 18 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5th as Governor Ron...
Everyone 18 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5th as Governor Ron DeSantis announces changes to vaccine requirements.(WCJB)
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 11:51 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) - Governor Laura Kelly said starting Monday, March 29, 2021, the State of Kansas will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Kansans age 16 and older, entering the final Phase 5 of the Vaccine Prioritization plan.

“With the anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, we must get every dose of vaccine into arms quickly,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “I strongly encourage every Kansan to get the COVID-19 vaccine so we can get back to school, back to work, and back to normal.”

Kansas will become the 8th state to make the vaccine available to all adults, joining Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, and West Virginia, according to the governor’s office.

As of March 26, 35.1% of the adult population in Kansas had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The governor’s office said that in the early part of the vaccination program (December 2020 – February 2021), limited federal supply led to demand for vaccine consistently outstripping supply. However, the supply increases of recent weeks have reversed this situation. Local Health Departments (LHDs) and providers have started reporting a decline in demand despite the state opening to Phases 3 and 4 populations. To ensure no vaccine goes to waste, the Kelly administration decided to open eligibility to all Kansans.

The Sedgwick County Commission was expected to meet Friday to formally request that the state allow the county to move into Phase 5 after a week or so of not being able to fill daily appointments.

Commissioner Pete Meitzner said he was relieved by the governor’s announcement and encouraged everyone to get the vaccine.

“We really need any citizens that have not been vaccinated to please get vaccinated. If you’re hesitant for whatever reason, you can call, you can talk to your doctors, I think all the doctors in the community are saying get vaccinated. They’ve all been vaccinated. I know some people even hesitate to get a flu shot, but this is a pretty serious virus deal. And, I would just request that if you can’t get the vaccine, tell all of your friends and your family to get the vaccine,” Meitzner said.

You can book your first or second vaccine dose with the Sedgwick County Health Department by clicking here.


WATCH LIVE: Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner will discuss Gov. Laura Kelly's announcement to make COVID-19 vaccinations available to all Kansans 16+ on Monday.

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Friday, March 26, 2021

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