Information from JCDHE regarding COVID-19 vaccinations
JCDHE director outlines vaccination plans for the week of April 5
(JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS – April 2) Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is expanding COVID-19 vaccination hours for next week into evening and weekend availability. More details on clinic hours are listed below.
“We understand that some people who work during the weekdays can’t get away for a vaccination appointment,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “The flexibility of having a dedicated vaccination clinic site coupled with the fact that we are receiving more doses from the state allows us to expand clinic hours for people who live or work in Johnson County.”
Currently, JCDHE data show that 76% residents 65 or older have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 14% of the total Johnson County population are fully immunized. JCDHE expects to receive 18,720 first doses of vaccine next week.
The following is Johnson County’s vaccination plan for the week of April 5, which includes Phases 1 through 5 and focuses on those in Phases 1 and 2 who have not received their vaccine yet. This is in accordance with the updated Kansas Department of Health and Environment Vaccination Plan. If we do not receive our allotted doses for next week, these plans are subject to change.
- Phases 1 – 5 – JCDHE will provide first doses for those eligible for Phases 1 -5 at the Lenexa vaccination site. Anyone in Phases 1-5 who has not completed a previous survey is encouraged to complete the All Phases vaccine interest survey. The link to the survey is: jocogov.org/interestsurvey, en español See an important instructional video on how to take the survey: youtu.be/CXXpPBD7pVA
Appointments at the Lenexa clinic will be 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (April 6-8), from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday (April 9) and 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 10).
- Anyone in Phase 1 and 2 still needing their first vaccine, please complete the all-phases survey, and you will be contacted to make an appointment as vaccine appointments are available.
- 65+ population – JCDHE will continue to offer appointments for those age 65 and older.
- Johnson County hospital systems – AdventHealth, Menorah, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, KU-Med and St. Luke’s Hospital are offering vaccinations to those in Phases 2 -5. These hospital systems are also vaccinating staff in higher education. Links to their websites are available .
- K-12 public and private school staff and day care providers – Vaccinations in this group finished with their second dose through Children’s Mercy. New staff or those who did not receive a vaccine should ask their school or district administration for information.
- Federal Pharmacy Retail Program – see jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine for additional information.
JCDHE is taking the following actions to ensure vaccination equity:
- Those with transportation needs. This week, JCDHE offered transportation to a vaccine clinic for those needing it and will continue to provide these opportunities.
- Homebound population: JCDHE’s Outreach Nurses will continue to visit residents who are homebound to vaccinate them. This service can be requested in the online interest survey.
- Vaccinations in homeless shelters, those staying in other shelters and other highly impacted populations will continue as needed. JCDHE is partnering with community partners to offer these vaccinations.
- Vaccinations of residents who have an intellectual or developmental disability began several weeks ago. JCDHE is working with Johnson County Developmental Supports and Heartland Homecare Services.
JCDHE is now automatically scheduling Pfizer second-dose appointments exactly three weeks after the first vaccine for the same day and time. More information is available on our second-dose webpage.
We will keep the public updated on next week’s plans and the status of our dose allotment at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine. Those with questions about vaccinations can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 913-715-2819.