CDC data: Western Kansas counties have slightly higher vaccination rates than other half

Titus Wu
Topeka Capital-Journal
CDC data shows the western half of Kansas with higher vaccination rates than the eastern half.

Kansas saw between Monday and Wednesday 510 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths and 31 new hospitalizations.

Overall, there have been more than 300,000 cases and 4,900 deaths over the course of the pandemic.

As other states across the nation have been reporting more variants of the coronavirus, Kansas is reporting a much slower uptick. It's likely, however, that more will be reported, with some health officials earlier in the year saying the more contagious U.K. variant would be the dominant variant by end of March.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun showing vaccine data on a county level for the first time this week.

According to its data, the majority of counties Kansas have vaccinated between 10% to 30% of its population. Gove County remains the leader, with at least 30% to 40% of its population vaccinated. Sedgwick and Finney counties are last, with lower than 10% vaccinated.

County-level vaccine data from the state health department show a slightly different story as of Wednesday, probably due to data reporting lags that have plagued Kansas since the beginning.

According to that dataset, most counties have between 200 and 400 people vaccinated per 1,000 people. Geary County is doing the worst, with 118 folks vaccinated per capita, while Marshall County is leading the pack at 411 per capita.

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Both datasets, though, show a similar pattern where counties in the western half of Kansas have in general higher vaccination rates than counties of eastern Kansas. That's probably due to the fact western Kansas is much more rural with smaller populations.

On a statewide level, the CDC says that Kansas is now 35th in the nation for doses administered per capita, at 44,314 doses per 100,000 people as of Wednesday.

Around 27% of Kansans, or 801,925 people, have been vaccinated with at least one dose, per the state health department.