Gov. Kelly: ‘We hope to have every teacher across the state fully vaccinated in the next couple of weeks with their first dose’

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Governor Laura Kelly held a press conference from the Topeka Statehouse Wednesday afternoon to give an update regarding COVID-19 in Kansas. KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman also joined her for the briefing.

In her briefing, the governor provided the latest COVID-19 numbers in Kansas, including 1,122 new positive cases and 81 deaths since Monday. There have been 292,837 infections, 9,189 hospitalizations, and 4,724 deaths in Kansas since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

“So my administration is continuing to move forward with our COVID-19 response, particularly in the area of vaccine distribution — just give you a brief idea of what we’re up to our efforts to vaccinate teachers and school staff and moving along very well,” Governor Kelly said. “We hope to have every teacher across the state fully vaccinated in the next couple of weeks with their first dose and shortly thereafter, with their second doses.”

The governor stated that her administration is working closely with local providers to fix the current underlying data reporting issues. “My administration and KDHE are working with Kansas communities of color to set up culturally relevant outreach to ensure equal access to both information and vaccinations,” Governor Kelly said. “We continue to pay close attention to the balance of vaccine distribution, going to our urban areas and our rural areas, and we’re modifying our vaccine distribution plan to ensure counties receive doses proportionate to their size.”

For the latest updates on COVID-19 cases in Kansas, click here.