KDHE releases chart of expected vaccine availability

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released a chart of expected vaccine availability status on Wednesday.

The chart outlines when people can expect to receive the vaccine. However, health officials cautioned that the chart is still in its early stages.  

“This doesn’t answer all the questions yet,” said state health secretary, Dr. Lee Norman. “We are working with the advisory committee on immunization practices. Not only are they evaluating safety, but they’re also doing a risk-based analysis of who, and where upon this list of how soon, or how much later can they be prioritized.” 

According to the chart, the first group of people receiving a “very limited availability” of the vaccine includes healthcare personnel, long term care facility staff and residents, and EMS/frontline public health workers.

Then in late winter, the next group of limited availability includes first responders, some public-facing workers in essential/critical infrastructure, teachers and other childcare workers, and people at risk for adverse health consequences.

In the spring, an increased availability will be available to all other adults. And in the summer, the vaccine will be “generally available to” kids.

“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,” Governor Kelly said. “We are committed to protecting the greatest number of Kansans, fostering economic recovery, and getting our kids back into school buildings as quickly and safely as possible.”

Coronavirus vaccine recommendations for children and pregnant women have not been made, and are expected to be released later on.  

The state is getting 23,750 vaccines from Pfizer this week, and is expecting to receive more vaccines in the coming weeks. 

To view the state’s coronavirus vaccine updates, click here.

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