More than one-third of Kansans now have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, KDHE and CDC data shows

Andrew Bahl
Topeka Capital-Journal
Over one-third of Kansans have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state and federal data showed Monday.

More than one-third of Kansans have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, state and federal data showed Monday.

Overall, 34.1% of the state's population has gotten at least one shot, according to KDHE, with more than 1.5 million doses administered across the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegged Kansas' vaccination rates at a slightly higher mark, with federal data showing 37.7% of residents had gotten at least one shot.

Nationally, the state ranks 32nd for COVID-19 doses administered per capita, according to the CDC.

"Getting a third of Kansans their first dose is a significant milestone for our state, and further evidence that we are well on our way back to that sense of normal we’ve been seeking for over a year,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Kansas has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 spread in the U.S., a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

The state ranked 47th based on where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis.

Kansas reported 1,344 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 6.7% from the previous week. That is one of the lowest weeks since last summer.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an additional 483 cases Monday, with no new deaths and 20 new hospitalizations reported since Friday.

USA Today's Mike Stucka contributed to this report.