COVID-19 Resources & Vaccine Information

Hello,

As Kansas and our country continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you will find the resources below helpful.

Right now, we must focus on vaccines – it’s the most important objective we can undertake. More shots in more arms is the best thing that can happen for our country’s well-being, both from a health perspective and for our economy. I also want to make certain we get kids back in the classroom, that small businesses get assistance and that Americans who need help the most are able to get relief.

I encourage all Kansans to continue to take precautions to keep yourself and your families safe, including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and frequently washing your hands. To get the most up-to-date recommendations from the federal government, please visit coronavirus.gov.

Very truly yours,

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in Kansas:

Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)’s COVID-19 Response Center website at coronavirus.kdheks.gov. There you can: 

The KDHE COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 866-534-3463.

Vaccines in Kansas:

Visit kansasvaccine.gov for information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in Kansas, including availability and FAQs.

Kansas is currently in Phase 2 of the state vaccine prioritization plan, meaning the following populations are eligible for vaccines (unless otherwise stated by county officials):

  • people aged 65+;
  • health care workers;
  • residents or patients in long-term care (LTC), senior housing or LTC-supported independent living;
  • workers critical to pandemic response continuity;
  • anyone living or working in licensed congregate settings or environments;
  • and high-contact critical workers.

Click here for more details on Kansas’ vaccine prioritization plan and definitions for qualifying populations.

To find providers offering COVID-19 vaccinations, use KDHE’s Find My Vaccine map tool. Enter your zip code or address to find the providers nearest to you, then adjust the mile range slider scale to your preference.

As with any medical decision, Sen. Moran encourages Kansans to consult their primary care doctor or family physician regarding choices concerning their personal health.

Keep You and Your Family Safe:

It is still important that we each take a personal responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19 for the protection of ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Even if you have received the vaccine, its effects on transmission rates are still unknown so it’s important to continue following the recommended guidelines. This includes:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering
  • Avoid shaking hands or touching your face
  • Practice social distancing (remain at least 6 feet away from others)
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Disinfect surfaces frequently with approved disinfectants
  • Limit mass gatherings, or following CDC guidelines if you must gather
  • Stay home if you’re sick

Helpful Resources for Kansans:

Aviation Manufacturers:

In May 2020, I introduced legislation creating a public-private partnership program between the federal government and aviation manufacturers designed to protect the workforce and industry impacted by COVID-19. This program was signed into law on March 11, 2021.

This legislation allows aviation manufacturers to designate 25% of their workforce that are at risk of furlough due to COVID-19 to be eligible for 50% of their total compensation covered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The remaining 50% will be covered by the employer.

This program is structured as a temporary, emergency program as aviation manufacturers deal with the unprecedented crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This program ensures that an experienced workforce will be safeguarded and available to contribute as the industry recovers.

Our office is working closely with the U.S. DOT as they work to implement this program and would encourage any company who is interested to contact our office with questions.

While the official application process has not yet begun, there are several steps that businesses who may be interested in applying for this program should take now:

  • Become familiar with all of the requirements in the law;
  • Apply for a DUNS number if you do not already have one;
  • Register online with the Federal government’s System of Award Management (SAM) if you have not already done so; and
  • Monitor the AMJP program website frequently for updates, which will include Frequently Asked Questions and a link to the application system.

Our office is working closely with the U.S. DOT as they work to implement this program and would encourage any company who is interested to contact our office with questions.

Kansas Veterans:

For information on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the VA, please click here.

For general coronavirus FAQs and information on how it may affect your benefits, please click here.

*If you are experiencing problems receiving your benefits from the VA, please see my note at the bottom of this page.

Kansas Workers:

If you have recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance, visit the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) website by clicking here. To view FAQs from KDOL, please click here.

I understand that for a variety of reasons many people are suffering due to the inability of the Kansas Department of Labor to distribute funds allocated by federal COVID-19 relief packages. Although the federal government does not have jurisdictional oversight for the Kansas Department of Labor, I continue to urge Governor Kelly to do everything possible to get these funds into the hands of Kansans who need it, now more than ever.

Kansas Farmers and Ranchers:

Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 webpage for information on resources, loans and food assistance programs by clicking here.

Kansas Business Owners:

For information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including second draw loans, please visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website by clicking here.

For information regarding Economic Injury Disaster Loans, please click here.

Also, be advised the IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible businesses that provide paid leave. Learn more here.

To learn how to keep employees healthy and safe, check out KDHE’s tool kit here or OSHA’s resource page here.

Kansas Students and Schools:

For information on federal resources available to students, graduates and schools in response to COVID-19, please click here.

Kansans Living or Traveling Abroad:

If you are abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) by clicking here.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate by clicking here or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas).

If you are thinking about international travel, please be advised that effective January 26, all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

Note from Senator Moran about assistance with federal agencies:

If you are a Kansas resident and you or your family need assistance with matters related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit my assistance webpage and email casework@moran.senate.gov. My office is happy to further discuss your situation and see how we might be of assistance to you.