Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas’ top health official say they are relieved the state has begun distributing a coronavirus vaccine, but they stressed that the public still needs to adhere to social distancing and other precautions for several more months.
Although vaccinating health care workers will speed up this week, it likely won’t be an option for the general public until late spring or early summer, Kelly said.
Long-term care residents will get the vaccine after health care workers, and state officials are working with advisers to determine subsequent vaccinations – a process that should be completed by the end of this week or the beginning of next, Kelly said.
Doctor Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, echoed Kelly’s warning for the public to continue wearing masks, socially distance, and not hold large gatherings, especially through the winter holidays.
He expects the impact on COVID-19 cases from the holidays will linger into mid-January.