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Executive Order suspends state regulations on tuberculosis testing


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Governor Kelly has suspended state regulations regarding tuberculosis testing which interfere with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor Laura Kelly says she signed Executive Order #21-04 to temporarily suspend various regulations regarding tuberculosis testing. She said COVID-19 vaccines could interfere with the accuracy of the tests. As many Kansans in childcare and long-term care facilities are getting vaccinated, she said it is crucial to the state’s response that certain tuberculosis tests are deferred to encourage staff and residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“COVID-19 has impacted many Kansans – especially those working and residing in congregate facilities,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We know vaccines are one of the strongest tools at our disposal to defeat this virus. This order will allow the state to get more vaccines in Kansans’ arms – quickly and safely.”

According to Gov. Kelly, in November of 2020, the CDC issued interim clinical guidelines for mRNA vaccines. She said the CDC mRNA Immunization Guidelines recommend the timing of blood draws or skin tests be modified when the COVID-19 vaccine has been or will be given.

Gov. Kelly said several state regulations require tuberculin testing in a specific time frame when a new resident or staff member starts living or working in specific facilities. She said the order suspends those regulations and uses the CDC’s guidance.

According to the Kansas Governor, EO #21-04 will be reviewed at the State Finance Council on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will be effective immediately.

To read the EO, click here.

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