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Vaccine Equity

Tools, resources, and information to help ensure Kansas' underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by vaccine-preventable diseases are equitably vaccinated against these diseases.

Vaccine Equity Resources

Protecting Kansas with Immunization Brochures

Protecting Kansas with Immunization Brochure

Vaccine Highlight Cards

Vaccine Highlight Cards

Autism Society Vaccine Education Initiative

The Autism Society's Vaccine Education Initiative is a collection of resources in collaboration with nationwide affiliates and healthcare partners meant to educate, train, break down barriers, and increase vaccine confidence and equitable healthcare for people with Autism, as well as all neurodiverse individuals.

Resources include stories, videos, and visual flyers that can help parents and healthcare providers ensure an enviorment where both children and adults with Autism have a comfortable, accessible, and inclusive vaccination experience.

Immunize.Org Resources for Non-English Speaking Communities

To reach non-English speaking communities, has created handouts and information sheets in a multitude of languages. The resources below include languages such as Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, and more!

CDC's Bridge Access Program

COVID-19 vaccines are still available at no cost to most people living in the U.S. through their private health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid plans. However, there are 25-30 million adults without health insurance and additional adults whose insurance does not offer COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to them.

CDC’s Bridge Access Program provides no-cost COVID-19 vaccines to adults without health insurance and adults whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs.

To view a one page insert explaining this program with both English and Spanish versions, follow this link: Bridge Access Program Insert.

Truth About Vaccines Handout in Multiple Languages

This handout contains helpful, easy-to-read information for all regarding the truth about vaccines, though it was designed especially for refugee audiences.

This handout was developed by a team at Children's Mercy who has been working with Kansas refugee populations and saw the need for truly easy-to-read vaccine documents.


Kansas Vaccine Information

Visit for more information about the COVID-19 Vaccine. In the top right select your preferred translation using the language widget. Click on the Español tab to access the Spanish Version.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Webpage in Multiple Languages

This resource includes information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine, safety and effectiveness, vaccine requirements, school and child care, life after the vaccine, and vaccine booster and additional doses. This tool is easy to use, simply select the preferred language using the drop-down button on Cov

Webpages are available in these languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Chuukese, Dari, Farsi, Fijian, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Mixteco Bajo, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Portuguese – Brazil, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Federal COVID-19 PAVE Program

The Federal COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccination Equity Supplemental Funding (PAVE) program provides funding for Kansas to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs and ensuring greater equity and access to vaccines by those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including high-risk and underserved populations such as racial and ethnic minorities and rural communities.

Courtney Hayden, Equity Liaison with KDHE is available to discuss the grant and help potential applicants determine if it’s a good suit for them. She can be reached at [email protected].

Meet Dr. Garcia: Governor Kelly's Advisor on COVID-19 Vaccination Equity

Ximena Montserrat Garcia, MD is the newly appointed Senior Advisor for Covid Vaccine Equity. Dr. Garcia is a bilingual Internal Medicine physician and a passionate advocate for children.

Since moving to Topeka in 2003, Dr. Garcia has worked to improve health outcomes for Kansans through her work at the Marian Community Clinic, as Health Commissioner for the State Employee Health Care Plan, and by offering free sports physicals to middle- and high-school youths. Dr. Garcia was also instrumental in establishing the Topeka High Campus Care Clinic, a primary care clinic for staff and students at Topeka High School.

In addition to her medical work, Dr. Garcia is focused on ending childhood hunger and increasing educational opportunities for Kansas youth. In particular, she is the founder of Raise Kansas, a non-profit under the umbrella of the Kansas Action for Children, that brought fresh lunches and engaging learning opportunities to children during the summer months. Dr. Garcia has also served as a board member for the Kansas Children's Discovery Center, Kansas Action for Children, Topeka Community Foundation, and Kansas Citizens District Council.

Prior to moving to Topeka, Dr. Garcia practiced Internal Medicine in Boston, Houston, and Santa Fe. Dr. Garcia holds an AB Biological Sciences, Genetics and Development from Cornell University and an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia and her husband Craig Gernon, MD, a Kansas native from Hiawatha, live in Topeka, and they have four adult children.

KSHB News Article (March 10, 2021): Kansas governor brings on advisor for COVID-19 vaccine equity