Governor Laura Kelly announces $900,000 in grants to help healthcare providers increase vaccinations

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Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 2:26 PM CDT
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TOPEKA (KWCH) – Governor Laura Kelly announced Wednesday that $900,000 in grants will go to help support healthcare providers in their efforts to vaccinate Kansans across the state.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide the Kansas Association of Family Physicians and the Kansas Association of Pediatricians each with a three-year, $450,000 grant, totaling $900,000. The grants will allow primary care providers (PCPs) to hire dedicated staff who will serve as a liaison to the KDHE immunization team, to specifically support providers in on-boarding, administering, and advocating for vaccinations.

“With more than 60 percent of Kansans over the age of 18 having received at least one dose of the vaccine, our state is steadily making progress,” Governor Kelly said. “These grants are part of our state’s all-of-the-above approach to pursue every initiative and use every resource to get vaccines into arms, and protect our families, our economy, and our schools.”

The governor also talked with healthcare workers about the challenges they face to vaccinate their communities, and how Kansas can be a better partner.

“Our state’s primary care providers are critical to providing broad, ongoing access to vaccines, and play essential roles as trusted advisors to vaccine-hesitant communities,” Governor Kelly said. “I appreciate today’s participants for the meaningful discussion about how Kansas can support providers in their continued vaccination efforts.”

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