In an effort to expedite K-12 school openings, Kansas will make extra vaccine doses available to teachers and staff

Lawrence, KS – According to the statement, the doses will come in addition to the vaccine already allocated to each county. Schools will also receive free rapid testing supplies.

Gov. Kelly said:

“The emphasis on vaccinating k-12 teachers and staff, the free testing supplies, along with continued adherence to other mitigation strategies will allow us to bring students safely back in person.”

Thousands of teachers have already been inoculated in Kansas’ second phase of vaccinations, the additional doses should speed up the process. This move comes after months of pressure from Kansas Republicans to reopen schools.

The plan is only possible because of additional doses from the federal government. Next week, she said, Kansas will receive 115,000 doses of the vaccine. Several Kansas schools are already operating in person or moving in that direction.