COVID vaccine distribution and prioritization 2020 (State Of Kansas Department. Of Health And Environment)

Emma Ockerman filed this request with the State Of Kansas Department. Of Health And Environment of Topeka, KS .
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20-1813

Multi Request COVID vaccine distribution and prioritization 2020
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Rejected

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From: Emma Ockerman


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Kansas Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

The CDC has ordered every state to create a vaccine distribution plan:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/01/vaccine-priority-groups-covid/

Therefore, I request the following information:
- Any and all correspondence between this agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine priority, including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos, about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
- Any and all correspondence between this agency and stakeholders (including private companies and their representatives and their attorneys, nonprofit groups, advisory committees, elected officials, and county-and-local health officials) including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
- Any documents about or referring to algorithms, computer programs, partnerships, or software that will be used to help determine vaccine priority and distribution
- Any presentations, pdfs, or legal analyses about vaccine priority and distribution
- Any communication with law enforcement (state, local, or national) about vaccine priority and distribution plan

Please search from October 1, 2020 until the day this request is processed.

This request is being made for use on VICE News. It is not for commercial purposes.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Ockerman

From: State Of Kansas Department. Of Health And Environment

This communication is an initial response to your request
under the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA). The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) KORA
Officer has received your KORA request.  Your request identifier is provided in
the subject line of this communication. Please refer to that identifier in
any future correspondence pertaining to your request. If KORA applies to your request, your request will be
forwarded for processing.  KDHE may not be able to immediately grant access to
or disclose requested records due to the number of records requests KDHE
receives and because KDHE must review every received request.  If permitted by
Kansas law, KDHE will generally grant access to or disclose the existing public
record(s) to which your request applies within ten business days after the date
of this communication. However, federal and/or state law may limit or prohibit
access to or disclosure of records or otherwise exempt records from public
access or disclosure. KDHE may charge and require advance payment of a fee for
providing access to or disclosing records in order to recoup request
fulfillment costs including, but not limited to, the cost(s) of staff time and
computer services required to fulfill your request.  Pursuant to Executive
Order 18-05, KDHE will not assess any charge or fee for the copying of
documents up to and including one hundred pages when a request is made by a
Kansas resident.  You will receive notice if advance payment is required
or if the cost(s) of fulfilling your request exceed(s) the initially estimated
or requested fee. KDHE kindly requests that you use our online portal for KORA requests. It is located here: https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/KORARequestForm/KORARequestForm.aspx (https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/KORARequestForm/KORARequestForm.aspx) Please contact KDHE using the below information if you have
questions. Sincerely,
Michael Smith KORA Officer & Attorney Office of Legal Services Kansas Department of Health and Environment 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 560 Topeka, Kansas 66612-1371 Phone:  785-296-5334 Email: kdhe.koraofficer@ks.gov (mailto:kdhe.koraofficer@ks.gov)
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From: State Of Kansas Department. Of Health And Environment

Good evening:

Thank you for your Kansas Open Records Act [KORA] request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment [KDHE]. KDHE has had the opportunity to review and assess the KORA request you submitted. Your request states that you are seeking the following information:

* Any and all correspondence between this agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine priority, including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos, about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
* Any and all correspondence between this agency and stakeholders (including private companies and their representatives and their attorneys, nonprofit groups, advisory committees, elected officials, and county-and-local health officials) including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
* Any documents about or referring to algorithms, computer programs, partnerships, or software that will be used to help determine vaccine priority and distribution
* Any presentations, pdfs, or legal analyses about vaccine priority and distribution
* Any communication with law enforcement (state, local, or national) about vaccine priority and distribution plan

KDHE has determined that your request would create an unreasonable burden on the Agency to fill as it would take weeks of work to gather, review, and redact the records. Therefore, pursuant to K.S.A 45-218(e), KDHE is refusing to fill your request in its current form.

We kindly request that you reconsider the breadth of your request, and should you chose to do so, resubmit your open records request to KDHE with a much more limited scope. If you have questions regarding this email or of how best to limit the scope of your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your interest in Kansas government and your patience in awaiting our response.

Sincerely,

Katelyn Radloff
Attorney
Office of Legal Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 560
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1371
Phone: 785-296-5334
Fax: 785-559-4272

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