Gov. Kelly announces updated COVID-19 booster eligibility for Kansans

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday new guidelines for booster shots for those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson versions of the vaccine.

Providers across the state are now authorized to provide boosters to eligible Kansans, according to a news release from the governor’s office. In a statement, Kelly said the vaccine offers “the best way to keep our communities protected from the virus.”

“Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated,” the governor said. “Together, we can put an end to this deadly pandemic.”

Under the updated rules, those who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine may within six months of getting the final dose are eligible if:

  • 65 or older

  • Over 18 and living in a long term care facility

  • Over 18 with underlying medical conditions

  • Over 18 and at greater risk because of occupation or institutional setting

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, everyone 18 and older is recommended to receive a booster shot two months after full vaccination.

The changes follow updated guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In September, the state updated its booster eligibility guidance to match the CDC for those with the Pfizer vaccine.

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