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Kansas sees more vaccines despite national shortage

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Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 2:18 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Despite a national shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, Kansas is finally seeing progress on the vaccination front.

Governor Laura Kelly says Kansas has reported 86 new deaths related to COVID-19 and 2,247 new cases of the virus since Monday, Feb. 1. She said this brings state totals up to 278,915 cases, 8,578 hospitalizations related to the virus and 3,895 deaths.

According to Gov. Kelly, the state has seen a steady and significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, however, she says we cannot fall into a false sense of security. She said Kansans must remain vigilant by washing their hands, staying socially distanced, wearing masks and avoiding gatherings.

Despite a national shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Kelly said Kansas is making progress on the vaccination front. She said the state is reporting 198,350 residents that have been vaccinated, which is almost 7% of the state’s population.

Gov. Kelly said her administration has launched the find my vaccine mapping tool at kansasvaccine.gov. She said if providers intend to vaccinate their community, they need should signup on the tool. She said while many providers do not yet have vaccines to offer, she is trying to get ahead of the curve for when supply does eventually meet the demand. She said to effectively move through the vaccination phases, the state will need to receive more doses from the federal government.

According to Gov. Kelly, the state is expecting to get 18,525 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine within the next week and 18,525 second doses. She said the state is expecting 25,700 prime doses of the Moderna vaccine and 17,800 booster doses. She said in total Kansas should get 80,550 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. She said this is a stark contrast from the roughly 45,000 the state was receiving only weeks ago.

Gov. Kelly said since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kansas Department of Labor has experienced an onslaught of fraudulent unemployment claims. She said services were down over the weekend in order for the department to update its security software. She said the software is doing the job she hoped it would do and has blocked over 601,000 fraudulent login attempts.

In order to access the new KDOL site, claimants are required to make a new account.

Gov. Kelly to host COVID-19 update

Feb. 3, 2:18 p.m.

Governor Laura Kelly will host a COVID-19 update on Wednesday.

Governor Laura Kelly says she will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., to discuss updates regarding COVID-19.

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