Vaccines

The governor announced the phases of vaccine distribution.

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced her administration’s final COVID-19 distribution order for population groups in Kansas. The vaccine will be administered in five phases, beginning with those most at risk of contracting or becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and ending with all Kansans at large.

“These COVID-19 vaccination phase groups were created using guidance from national and state public health experts and with input from the Kansas Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Council, or COVAC, which represents a diverse group of populations in Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “My priority remains providing every Kansan with updates and information on vaccine schedules as we get them and to get everyone vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The Kansas Coronavirus Advisory Council, representing a diverse group of Kansans statewide, is part of Governor Kelly’s 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.

The five phases of the order are as follows:

Phase 1:

• Health care workers

• Residents or patients in long-term care facilities and senior housing

• Workers critical to pandemic response continuity

Phase 1 groups have already begun to receive vaccines.

Phase 2:

• Persons aged 65 and older

• High-contact critical workers necessary to maintain systems, assets, and activities that are vital to the state security, the economy or public health, or who interact with large numbers of contacts and job-related COVID-19 exposure. COVID-19 risk is associated with the likelihood of infecting oneself or spreading the virus. Factors that increase risk include proximity, type of contact, duration of contacts and challenges to implement protective measures. This includes:

Firefighters, police officers, first responders, and correction officers

Grocery store workers and food services

K-12 and childcare workers, including teachers, custodians, drivers, and other staff

Food processing, including meat processing plants

Large-scale aviation manufacturing plants

Transportation workers

Workers in retail, agriculture, supply of critical services or materials for COVID-19 response, the U.S. Postal Service, and Department of motor vehicles

• Those living or working in licensed congregate settings and other special care or congregate environments where social distancing is not possible, including:

Homeless shelters

Congregate childcare institutions

Emergency shelters or safe houses

Corrections facilities

Behavioral health institutions

Phase 3:

• Those aged 16-64 with serious medical conditions that increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including:

Cancer

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Down Syndrome

Heart conditions like cardiomyopathies

Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant

Type 2 diabetes

Sickle cell disease

Pregnant patients

• Other non-health care workers in critical infrastructure who cannot work remotely, including:

Agricultural and food workers not included in previous phases

Workers performing in-person activities indoors, in critical manufacturing, not included in previous phases. This includes aviation and production of critical supplies for the COVID response, such as:

Utility workers

Social service and government workers not included in previous phases

Logistics workers, such as truck transportation workers, couriers and others

Water and wastewater workers

Shelter and housing workers, finance workers

Information technology and communications workers

Phase 4:

• Those aged 16-64 with other medical conditions that increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 such as:

Asthma

Cerebrovascular disease

Cystic Fibrosis

Immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, or use of immune weakening medicines

Neurologic conditions such as dementia

Liver disease

Pulmonary fibrosis

Type 1 diabetes

Obesity and severe obesity

Phase 5:

• The rest of the population 16 and older

• Potentially children, dependent upon further research on the effectiveness and risks associated with vaccinating kids

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