KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Well being officers are outlining what the following stage within the Coronavirus vaccine rollout might appear to be.
As of Thursday afternoon, Kansas had initiated vaccines for 35 thousand folks, roughly one p.c of the state’s inhabitants. Missouri had vaccinated 105 thousand, roughly 1.8 p.c of the state’s inhabitants. The CDC’s Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker listed the nationwide total at 5.9 million.
Dr. Lee Norman, the Director of the Kansas Dept. of Well being, stated what the state wants most at this level is extra doses to distribute.
“We’ve not gotten the entire quantity of vaccine the feds have promised us,” Norman stated. “However we have pushed out what we have gotten primarily instantly. It has been getting in folks’s arms and that is what the objective is.”
Kansas had experienced a delay in reporting numbers to the CDC last week, inflicting the state’s numbers to lag behind the remainder of the nation. Norman stated healthcare suppliers are beginning to make up misplaced floor.
“On stability we’re hitting on all cylinders,” Norman stated. “However we want extra vaccine.”
County officers in Missouri and Kansas echoed that sentiment. Juliann Van Liew, a venture supervisor with the Wyandotte County Well being Dept. stated the county had recognized potential websites for mass vaccination as soon as sufficient product arrives.
Within the brief run they’re nonetheless getting vaccines to excessive precedence candidates, like folks in assisted dwelling amenities and healthcare professionals.
“If we get one other batch of vaccine subsequent week we’ll be able to go. We now have individuals who need to be vaccinated,” Van Liew stated. “When the vaccine is prepared we hope folks will come.”
She stated the county can also be working with the state to prioritize which people might obtain the vaccine within the CDC’s section 2 distribution.
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