J&J vaccine could be in Kansas soon & governor’s order allows dentists, paramedics to give vaccines

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly gave an update Wednesday regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact in the state.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Kelly issued an executive order to ensure the state has enough vaccinators to give shots sooner. The order allows state healthcare workers such as pharmacy students, dentists, paramedics and others who give shots within their practice to administer a coronavirus vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Gov. Kelly also talked about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, specifically how it only requires one dose. She said this would allow more Kansans to get vaccinated sooner. Kelly said the FDA could authorize this as soon as Saturday and Kansas could start receiving doses as soon as next week.

During the news conference, Gov. Kelly said efforts to vaccinate teachers and school staff are moving “very well.” She said she expects them to be fully vaccinated with their first dose in the next couple of weeks.

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