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Kansas Makes COVID-19 Booster Shots Available For All Adults

TOPEKA — All fully vaccinated Kansans over the age of 18 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday.

The decision, made in tandem with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, comes as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer booster as early as Thursday. The drugmaker filed for FDA authorization last week.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and the best way to keep our communities protected from this virus,” Kelly said. “Expanding access to booster shots will help us put an end to this deadly pandemic. Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated.”

To receive the third dose, Kansans must be 18 years old and six months removed from the primary vaccinations for the Moderna or Pfizer shot or two months from their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those at elevated risk of exposure due to work or living conditions are encouraged to receive the booster as soon as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the Pfizer booster, as well as Moderna’s vaccine booster, for those 65 and older and adults who are immunocompromised or live in a high-risk setting. Anyone 18 and older who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is eligible for a second shot.

“As we move into the winter months, Kansans will increasingly be indoors, putting themselves at greater risk of contracting the virus,” said KDHE secretary Lee Norman. “Allowing Kansans to self-determine their risk of exposure to COVID-19 ensures that every tool is available to protect themselves and reduce the possibility of a winter COVID-19 surge.”

According to the CDC, 54% of Kansans are fully vaccinated, including 66.2% of adults.

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Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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