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Kansas puts vaccine priority on grocery, meatpacking workers

Two US pharmacy chains are preparing to give out the first COVID vaccines as soon as there's a...
Two US pharmacy chains are preparing to give out the first COVID vaccines as soon as there's a green light from the FDA.
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 3:59 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Laura Kelly says Kansas considers meatpacking plant workers and grocery store employees essential workers, putting them just behind health care workers and nursing home residents for coronavirus vaccines.

Kelly said Kansas’ vaccine plan calls for the first shots to go to front-line health care workers with a high risk of coronavirus exposure, including workers in nursing homes, as well as nursing home residents.

She said the second phase will focus on vaccinating essential workers, including first responders but also grocery store and meatpacking plant workers.

The Democratic governor also said Friday that members of the Republican-controlled Legislature won’t get any special treatment.

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