Phase 5: All Kansas residents 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Kansas is opening the vaccine to more people this week. Kansans who are 16 and older will be eligible to get the vaccine. 

Governor Laura Kelly announced the final step of the state’s vaccine plan, Phase 5, would begin on March 29. The phase allows anyone who has not yet been vaccinated and is at least 16-years-old to get the shot.

“I haven’t gotten it,” Luis Sanchez said. “We plan to get it, yes, definitely.”

Sanchez and his 16-year-old plan to get vaccinated this week. He wanted to wait to take the whole family to get their shots. 

It’s time, now that Kansas opened eligibility to people 16 and older starting Monday, March 29th.

“Yes, I think it’s very important,” Mckenzie Sanchez, 16, said. “I think I will get it done.”

“It will make it a lot easier, too,” Sanchez said. “It all depends on schedules for people, you know, for families, if their parents are working or not.”

Residents will need to show proof of residency and minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minors must also be able to verify their age.

“It feels like I’m doing my part. It feels like I’m protecting myself from something that could potentially harm me and of course anyone else in my family that want to get it done and if they don’t that’s perfectly fine,” Mckenzie said.

Mckenzie admits she’s a little nervous to get the shot but wants to do it in honor of her grandfather. The 83-year-old died due to COVID-19 last year. 

“It was kind of rough with all that. So, I’m glad that more people are getting the opportunity to be safe from it,” Mckenzie said.

In Missouri on Monday, Gov. Mike Parson activates “Phase 2” of the state’s vaccination plan.

That includes people in the chemical sector, food and agriculture, higher education and the homeless. 

Phase 2: Equity & Economic Recovery – Accelerating equitable economic growth

  • Chemical Sector
  • Commercial Facilities Sector
  • Critical Manufacturing Sector
  • Defense Industrial Base Sector
  • Financial Services Sector
  • Food & Agriculture Sector 2
  • Government
  • Higher Education
  • Disproportionately Affected
  • Homeless

Then, Friday, April 9, all adults who live in Missouri will be eligible for the vaccine. 

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