Kansas Tops One Million Vaccinations

Kansas has crossed the threshold of vaccinating more than 1 million people as a third highly contagious variant is detected in the state.

That means 35% of the state’s 2.9 million residents have received at least one shot, according to state data.

The state hit the mark one day after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced that a particularly contagious variant of COVID-19 that is sweeping through Brazil has been detected for the first time in Kansas.

The agency said it is investigating how someone in Sedgwick County became infected with the P One variant, and whether others may have been exposed.

Earlier this month, the South African variant was identified for the first time in Kansas in someone from Finney County.

Another variant – first identified in the United Kingdom – also has been found in several Kansas counties.

The Sedgwick County Health Director said the identification of the Brazilian variant shows the importance of getting tested for the virus.