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More Kansas adults now eligible for COVID-19 booster

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas expands its eligibility for the COVID-19 booster shot.

Governor Laura Kelly made the announcement today. The expansion of the booster shot eligibility in the state comes two days before an advisory panel on vaccines is set to consider expanded eligibility nationwide.

At least five other states and New York City already have made all adults eligible for boosters.

Kansas had been following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The CDC recommended booster shots for people 65 and older and adults 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

“As we move into the winter months, Kansans will increasingly be indoors, putting themselves at greater risk of contracting the virus,” Dr. Lee Norman, the state health department’s top administrator, said in a statement.

If you are a Kansas resident and meet the following criteria, you can now get a COVID-19 booster dose:

  • The patient is at least 18 years old and has met the 6-month time period following the primary vaccination series for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or it has been at least 2 months since their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • The patient’s assessment of risk exposure may include, but is not limited to, those who work with the public or live with someone who works with the public, live or work with someone at high risk of severe impact of COVID, live in geographic areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID, reside in high transmission areas, live in congregate setting, experience social inequity or other risk conditions as assessed by the individual. Currently, there is a high risk of community transmission in all Kansas counties. Vaccine providers should allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure.

Kansas Vaccine Numbers, Full COVID-19 Booster Release

The CDC reported that as of Tuesday, about 1.57 million Kansans had received at least two doses of vaccines made by Pfizer or Moderna or one made by Johnson & Johnson. Nearly 263,000 adults or 16.7% have received a booster.

You can read the full release about the booster shots from Governer Kelly here.

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