While federal vaccine supply is low, healthcare workers; residents or patients in long-term care (LTC), senior housing or LTC-supported independent living; and workers critical to pandemic response continuity are prioritized for Phase I.
Healthcare workers include but are not limited to the following:
- Staff in long-term care facilities
- Workers in direct contact with patients, e.g., Medical Doctors (MD); Doctors of Osteopathy (DO); Doctors of Podiatric medicine (DPM); nurses; Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT); clinical students and trainees -- does not include first responders and dispatch who are prioritized in Phase 2.
- Diagnostic labs, phlebotomists, pandemic health workers (e.g., individuals performing COVID tests)
- Mental healthcare providers, pharmacy staff, non-medical staff –- if exposed to patients or infectious materials
- Healthcare-associated contractors, including food, waste management, etc.
- Dentists, physical therapists, professionals performing elective procedures
- Workers providing institutional care to community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS); personal care assistants (PCAs); home care workers regulated by the state; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designated caretakers; and other caregivers providing services to disabled peoples or those with severe medical risks
- Morticians, forensic and funeral service workers
- Staff in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC); community health centers (CHC); safety-net/ free clinics; faith-based outreach clinics -- inclusive of state-funded clinics
- Home health aides, nursing assistants
Workers critical to pandemic response continuity are defined at the county level. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact your local public health department or call KDHE at 866-534-3463 or email. For additional information on the timelines and phases, refer to the Vaccine Prioritization Plan.