Kansas is currently lagging behind in vaccinating its citizens. As of April 12, only 31.5% of the state’s population has been vaccinated.
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As of July 2019, the vaccination rate for 2-year-olds in Kansas was 80.4%. The rate for 3-to-4-year-olds was 81.7%. For school-age children, the vaccination rate was 87.3%. In all, 86.8% of Kansas children age 2 through 18 were up to date on their vaccinations.
The vaccination rates for Kansas adults were lower. As of July 2019, only 51% of Kansas adults age 19 and older had received the recommended Tdap booster shot (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). And only 38% of Kansas adults had received all three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), survey data from 2017 found that among adults aged 18 years and over, those who believed that vaccines are effective were more than 3 times as likely to be vaccinated as those who believed that vaccines are not effective (89% versus 26%).
Vaccination Rates in Kansas
As of March 1st, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Kansas has vaccinated 67.3% of its population with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This number puts Kansas ahead of the national average of 64.7%, but there are still many people in the state who have yet to be vaccinated.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the vaccination rates for Kansas are as follows:
-84.1% of children aged 19-35 months are vaccinated
-92.5% of school aged children are vaccinated
-90.5% of adults aged 65 and older are vaccinated
The overall vaccination rate for Kansas is 89.7%.
Vaccination rates in Kansas vary by county. The CDC’s National Immunization Survey found that, as of 2015, the vaccination rate for children aged 19-35 months was highest in Johnson County (89.3 percent) and lowest in Cherokee County (62.5 percent).
How Kansas Compares
According to the CDC, as of April 2021, Kansas is ranked 37th in the nation for the percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19. As of April 12, 2021, 50.8% of Kansas residents aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In comparison, the national average is 53.8%.
To Other States
According to the latest information from the Kaiser Family Foundation, as of March 24, 2021, Kansas is ranked 34th in terms of the percentage of residents aged 18 and over who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Just over half (51.2%) of Kansas adults have received at least one dose, while 39.8% are fully vaccinated.
This puts Kansas behind most other states in terms of vaccine uptake. As of the same date, Massachusetts is ranked first, with 61.6% of adults having received at least one dose, and 47.2% being fully vaccinated. Mississippi is ranked last, with only 39.3% of residents aged 18 and over having received at least one dose, and 28.2% being fully vaccinated.
To The National Average
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of April 19, 2021, 51.8% of the Kansas population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This number is just below the national average of 52.4%. When it comes to fully vaccinated adults aged 18 and up, Kansas ranks 28th in the nation with 39.4%. The state with the highest percentage of fully vaccinated adults is Maine, with 47.9%.
As of July 2019, the most recent data available, nearly 78 percent of Kansas residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.