Chris Adams, 36, has spent the previous 12 months of the pandemic dwelling along with his grandparents in Wichita, Kan., and being “extraordinarily strict” about social distancing. “I by no means went out,” he stated.
However beginning Monday, when all adults in Kansas grow to be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, Mr. Adams plans to discover a vaccination website the place there’s an obtainable appointment. “What I’m trying ahead to is seeing my mates once more,” he stated.
Kansas is one in every of six states — Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas are the others — which are increasing eligibility for the vaccine to all adults on Monday. Minnesota will observe on Tuesday, and Indiana and South Carolina on Wednesday.
Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas urged residents final week to hunt out appointments, saying, “With the anticipated enhance in provide from the federal authorities, we should get each dose of vaccine into arms shortly.”
Whilst vaccine eligibility continues to increase throughout America — almost all states have pledged to make each grownup eligible by Might 1 — the USA has additionally reported a rise in new instances over the previous week. About 75,000 new instances have been reported on Friday, a big enhance from the 60,000 added the Friday earlier than.
States within the Northeast have accounted for about 30 p.c of the nation’s new instances over the previous two weeks, up from 20 p.c within the first couple of weeks in February.
In New York, there was a median of 8,426 new instances a day, an 18 p.c enhance from the common two weeks earlier, according to a New York Times database. In New Jersey over the past week, there have been an average of 4,249 new cases reported daily, a 21 percent increase from the average two weeks earlier. And on Friday, Vermont set a single-day case record with 283 new infections; it is the first state to set a case record since Jan. 18.
For many, the vaccine cannot come soon enough.
Nicole Drum, 42, a writer in the Kansas City, Kan., metro area, cried on Friday when she found out that she would be eligible to get the vaccine as early as Monday. She started calling pharmacies and looking online for available appointments “within minutes of the news breaking,” she said.
Ms. Drum called about 10 places without success. She had more luck on a county website, and booked an appointment for Wednesday.
She said she planned to wear a special T-shirt saying “I believe in science” to her appointment. “I got myself a fun I’m-getting-the-vaccine outfit,” she said, laughing.
She also plans to take her 4-year-old son with her, because she wants him to see “how research and science and people coming together can really help stem these kinds of things,” she said.
“I want him to know that there’s no need to be afraid all the time of big scary things, because there are always helpers trying to figure this out,” Ms. Drum said. “While the solution might be something that’s a jab in the arm that hurts a little bit, it’s worth it.”