All Kansans 16 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting March 29, Kelly says

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Less than a week after Kansas moved into its current Phase 3/4 stage of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday announced that the Sunflower State will move into the final distribution phase on Monday, making everyone in Kansas 16 or older eligible for the vaccine.

“With the anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, we must get every dose of vaccine into arms quickly,” Kelly said in a statement. “I strongly encourage every Kansan to get the COVID-19 vaccine so we can get back to school, back to work, and back to normal.”

Kansas, according to Kelly’s office, will become the eighth state to make the vaccine available to all adults, joining Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Utah, and West Virginia. As of Friday afternoon, at least 35.1% of Kansas’ adult population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are currently three vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require a second booster dose between three and four weeks after the initial shot, while the Johnson & Johnson variation requires only one dose.

The number of vaccines available in Douglas County continues to ratchet upward, and on Wednesday the county administered a record 4,092 doses during a 7-hour clinic at the Douglas County fairgrounds. On Friday, when the county offers its second-dose clinics for those receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, it’s expecting to administer another 1,900 doses.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccine FAQs in Douglas County, click here.

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