KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The state of Kansas says it is now counting the weeks until it starts vaccinating people who qualify for Phase 3.
Phase 3 in Kansas includes:
- People 16-64 with high risk diseases
- Other critical workers
- Anyone who qualifies for Phases 1 and 2
Dr. Lee Norman said he expected the state to move into the next vaccination phase in “maybe 4 weeks, maybe a little less”. He made the comment during one Facebook Live with Doctors from the University of Kansas Health Care System Tuesday morning.
When asked why Missouri would move to the next stage on Monday and Kansas unwilling to move forward, Norman said the two states have different plans to vaccinate people.
“We also did things differently than Missouri, as we have mostly finished with our teachers and school staff. There are a few more seconds left to get people into this month. “
He also pointed out that Kansas is currently working to vaccinate people who work at dozens of factories across the state.
“We have about 60 meat packers and allied industries and the people who work in those factories. Not only are they critical infrastructure, they are at much higher risk and cause large numbers of diseases and deaths. That’s why we brought these infrastructure workers upstairs, ”said Norman.
The plan is to keep all Kansas counties on the same stage until they are all vaccinated. Norman said the plan will continue for the foreseeable future.
“We’re in Phase 2, by far the largest phase in Kansas, about a million people,” said Norman. “Some of the counties are actually in phase 2. These are some of the smaller counties. So they are on what we call a hiatus to get an extra vaccine assignment so we can assign them to counties that are still in phase 2. “
Currently, people in the following categories can be vaccinated in the state:
- Kansas phase 1
- Health care workers
- Residents or patients in long-term care, retirement homes or LTC-supported independent living
- Workers who are vital to the continuity of the pandemic response
- Kansas phase 2
- People aged 65 and over
- Summarize settings
- Critical employees with high contact
- Anyone who has not been vaccinated has priority in earlier stages
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