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Kansas is currently in Phase 5 for vaccinations. At this time, anyone 12 years of age and older who wants a vaccine can schedule an appointment, and vaccine supply in Kansas currently exceeds demand.
The federal vaccine supply is still very limited, so Kansas is administering COVID vaccinations in alignment with the phases outlined in the Vaccine Prioritization Plan. An approximate timeline is associated with each phase; however, it is subject to change based on federal vaccine supply. While the specific timeline cannot be guaranteed, the goal is to vaccinate all Kansans who want to be vaccinated this year.
Effective May 12, Pfizer's vaccine is now authorized for people ages 12 and older.
Moderna’s vaccine has been authorized for individuals age 18 and older and it is currently running a trial for adolescents ages 12-17. It could seek authorization for adolescents by Summer 2021.
Johnson & Johnson announced at the start of April that it started including adolescents in an ongoing trial of its vaccine candidate.
The Pfizer vaccine can be administered to individuals aged 12 and older with parental permission. Even with a doctor's note and/or parental permission, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not currently authorized for anyone under age 18 and should not be administered outside of the approved age range.
By providing information about COVID-19 vaccination and establishing supportive policies and practices, employers can help increase vaccine uptake among workers.
If you’re an employer, consider the following benefits from vaccination:
Simply said, the COVID-19 vaccine is good for business!
Additionally, as part of the American Rescue Plan, businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be reimbursed (up to $511 per day per employee) through a paid tax credit. Thirty percent of unvaccinated employees say they are more likely to get shots if their employers offer incentives. As a result, this benefit is expected to be a helpful motivator for unvaccinated Kansans.