SR 1707 recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges the work of developing
a vaccine for distribution to combat the disease. The resolution acknowledges the vaccination and distribution plan by the Governor and the data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Kansas and its ranking among other states in vaccine distribution. The resolution states the then-current vaccination plan submitted by the Governor of Kansas prioritized the COVID-19 vaccination of healthy, incarcerated individuals over Kansans between the ages of 16 to 64 who have severe medical risks.
The resolution calls upon the Governor to revise the COVID-19 vaccination plan by
removing prisoners from the front of the line in Phase 2 and instead prioritize the vaccination of the elderly, teachers, and Kansans aged 16 to 64 who have severe medical risks.