April 22


There are three authorized vaccines for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent COVID-19, Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson). The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a 2-dose series, with the second vaccine needed 21 to 28 days, respectively, after administration of the first dose. The Pfizer vaccine is for anyone 16 years of age and older and the Moderna vaccine is anyone 18 years of age or older. The Janssen is a one-dose vaccine for anyone 18 years of age or older.

The Janssen vaccine was paused by the federal government April 13 out of an abundance of caution following reports of six recipients in the United States who developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination. Kansas also paused the vaccine as we await further review and guidance from the federal government.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held an emergency meeting April 14 to review current information and consider potential revised recommendations related to the Janssen vaccine. ACIP did not put forth any formal recommendations during this meeting. Voting members are waiting for additional data for a more robust risk-benefit analysis April 22 or 23. In the meantime, it is recommended that administration of the Janssen vaccine continue to be paused until ACIP voting members make a recommendation to the CDC director next week.


Kansas News

Kansas received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines Dec. 14-15, the first Moderna vaccines were received the week of Dec. 21. The first Janssen vaccines were received the week of March 1.


Next Week Pfizer Projections 

42,120 Pfizer Prime 

39,780 Pfizer Boost


Next Week Moderna Projections 

31,300 Moderna Prime 

29,000 Moderna Boost


Next Week Janssen Projections 

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Kansas moved into Phase 5 March 29. Local public health departments will continue to prioritize those within their own counties. Kansans who wish to locate a vaccine site near them are encouraged to go to Find My Vaccine.

Doses Administered Through the KSWebIZ system, Kansas is reporting 1,764,347 doses have been administered as of 9 a.m. April 21, which includes both first and second doses.


Communication 

  • KansasVaccine.gov is being updated regularly with new information
  • KDHE is disseminating these weekly updates on vaccine developments to partners every Thursday or other date, as indicated


Toolkits 

  • White House Launches COVID-19 Community Corps: Research shows that, when making the decision to get vaccinated, people want to hear from people they trust, such as medical professionals, their own family and friends and leaders in their community. The Community Corps was created to provide those trusted messengers with consistent and accurate information about COVID-19 to empower as many Americans as possible to become messengers to share the importance of vaccination in their community. To become a member, the public can sign up at hhs.gov/covidcommunitycorps. A public media campaign “We Can Do This” will provide multilingual, multiplatform media outreach. COVID-19 Community Corps | WECANDOTHIS.HHS.GOV 
  • Please refer to CDC COVID 19 vaccine website and vaccinate with confidence materials for messages and more information. cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html; adcouncil.org/covid-vaccine
  • KDHE launched a statewide campaign called “Roll Up Your Sleeves” several weeks ago. Material is available for download under the Social Media Toolkit on our