Kansans react to state vaccination plan

Employees At A Pittsburg Senior Center



PITTSBURG, Ks. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has announced the state’s finalized vaccine distribution order based on guidance from the Kansas Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Council.

It divides vaccinations into five phases and phase one begins with health care workers, as well as residents and patients in long term care facilities and senior housing.

Sarah Pollet is the dietary manager at Pittsburg’s Carrington Place, a senior living facility, and she agrees with the state’s phase one priorities.

“I do think (seniors) should be at the top of the line. They are the most vulnerable,” said Sarah.

Phase two includes a lot of different professions including grocery store employees, teachers, and first responders.

Pittsburg’s new fire chief says many members of his team have already been vaccinated, and he thinks placing them phase two is appropriate.

“It seems to me to be a good fit for us and the organization. We basically have the same level of exposure that the EMS providers do, so being put into that category with them, I felt was a good fit for the organization,” said Pittsburg Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.

Phase three includes non-health care workers in critical infrastructure who can’t work remotely, and that includes truck drivers.

Joe Mayfield is a trucker who has lost some friends to COVID-19 but he doesn’t have a problem with residing in phase three.

“Yeah it seems all right. But I mean, you know, put your faith in the Lord and He’ll take care of it,” said Joe.

Phase four includes Kansans with medical conditions who didn’t qualify for the previous three phases, and phase 5 includes the rest of the population above the age of 16.

For more detailed information on Kansas’s vaccination phases, click here.