High-risk health care workers in Kansas get first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Administration of COVID-19 vaccinations is underway in Kansas for high-risk health care workers, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday.
The first shipment to Kansas of the Pfizer vaccine, approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, totals 23,750 doses. Health care workers who are around the virus consistently are the first to receive the shots, followed by low-risk medical workers and those 65 years and older.
Kelly estimated previously there should be enough vaccinations for 150,000 people to receive the first of two doses by the end of the year. Once additional shipments arrive, and pending FDA approval of the Moderna’s vaccine, a more expansive vaccination effort will begin, Kelly said.
“Next Wednesday, you’ll see a sort of across the state vaccination program beginning,” Kelly said. “We expect Moderna’s first shipments to come in next week, then Pfizer’s second shipment to come in and then weekly thereafter.”
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