Kansas is currently vaccinating people in Phase 2 of their vaccination plan. Check out this blog post to see if you are eligible for the COVID vaccine in Kansas.
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If you live in Kansas, you may be wondering if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The answer is yes, if you meet certain criteria. You must be a Kansas resident and you must be either in a high-risk group or a essential worker.
The vaccine is currently available for anyone 16 years of age and older.
Certain health conditions can make you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, or increase the chance that you will be hospitalized or have to go to the ICU. You may be eligible for the vaccine if you have any of the following health conditions:
-Chronic kidney disease
– COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
-Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
-Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
-Obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2), pregnant women
-Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
-Sickle cell disease
-Type 1 or 2 diabetes
Frontline Essential Workers
Those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas beginning March 29 include:
-People who live or work in long-term care facilities
-Health care workers
-Frontline essential workers, including first responders, food and agriculture workers, corrections staff, manufacturing and industrial workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, grocery store workers and public transit workers
-People age 55 and older
-Teachers and school staff
-People ages 16 and 17 with certain medical conditions
How to Get the Vaccine
If you live in Kansas, you may be wondering how to get the COVID vaccine. The vaccine is currently available to front-line health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and people over the age of 65. This section will provide more information on how to get the vaccine if you are eligible.
Schedule an Appointment
If you want to get the vaccine, you will need to schedule an appointment. You can do this by:
-Calling the vaccine hotline at 1-888-399-3993
-Visiting the Kansas Vaccine Provider Map
-Signing up for a mass vaccination clinic
*Please note that appointments are required for all vaccination sites. You will not be able to walk in and get the vaccine without an appointment.*
You may be eligible for the vaccine if you are a health care worker, long-term care resident, or age 65+. Check with your local health department to find out when and where you can get vaccinated.
What to Expect After Getting the Vaccine
It is normal to have some side effects after getting the vaccine. These side effects usually go away in a few days.
The most common side effects are:
-pain and swelling in the arm where you got the shot
You might also have:
-redness or bruising where you got the shot
-swollen lymph nodes
These side effects should go away in a few days. If they do not, or if they are severe, please call your doctor.
When Will Everyone Be Eligible?
As of March 29, 2021, anyone 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has not released a vaccine schedule for those under the age of 16.
According to the CDC, people who are age 65 years and older, people of any age with certain medical conditions, and essential workers are currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that children ages 2 months and older should receive the vaccine as well.
Pregnant women and people who have close contact with someone who is pregnant should also get the vaccine.
The state of Kansas encourages everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are eligible. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released the following vaccination schedule:
-March 22: All adults aged 60 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-March 29: All adults aged 55 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-April 5: All adults aged 50 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-April 12: All adults aged 45 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-April 19: All adults aged 40 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-April 26: All adults aged 35 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-May 3: All adults aged 30 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
-May 10: All adults aged 25 and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
At this time, it is unclear when exactly all Kansans will be vaccinated, as this is dependent on vaccine availability. However, KDHE has said that they expect everyone who wants a vaccine to be able to get one by July 1.
The first phase of eligibility includes health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and people over 65 years old. Frontline essential workers will be eligible in the second phase. The third phase will be for everyone else.
phases may start earlier or later depending on vaccine availability and the amount of time it takes to vaccinate people in the first two groups.