Sedgwick County opening up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to everyone in Phase 2
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County leaders announced that everyone within Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine rollout plan can now schedule appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Sedgwick County.
The county said it is getting a steady supply of vaccine, and has opened a second mega vaccination clinic until Saturday (March 13) at Central Community Church on West Maple.
In addition to residents who are 65 and older, those eligible to receive a vaccine in Phase 2 of the rollout plan include essential, close-contact workers across several industries.
Sedgwick County had already been offering COVID-19 vaccines to some groups in Phase 2 including workers in aviation, public safety, meatpacking and transportation. Now, those in the clergy, high education, postal work, congregate settings and retail are able to get the shot. It also includes another large group of workers.
“Grocery store and food-service employees. So, we know that’s going to be a very large category and it’s folks in high-contact work environments, so we’re glad to be able to offer vaccines to them,” Sedgwick County Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman said.
The move for Sedgwick County comes as Kansas puts a larger focus on getting vaccines out to the state’s population centers in Sedgwick and Johnson counties in order to get through Phase 2. More vaccinators and assistance from the National Guard in ramping up the vaccination capacity are allowing Sedgwick County to operate two mass vaccination sites in addition to the main site at Wichita’s old downtown library.
The vaccine is available through the rest of this week at Central Community Church and next week at the Sedgwick County Extension Office (K-State Research and Extension - Sedgwick County).
“Gives us the capacity now closer to 4,000 shots per day instead of the 2,200, 2,300 we were getting at the library,” Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz said.
The county is looking at some mobile clinics, but leaders say their main message to employers in Phase 2 is to direct their employees to the county’s mass vaccination sites.
“The efficiency is at these maximum vaccination sites, so we’d ask our business partners to let their employees come down and get a vaccine,” Stolz said.
The hope is that the progress will allow Phase 3 to start sooner. This includes people with underlying health conditions that don’t fit into Phase 2 with their jobs or ages.
The Sedgwick County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics are open Monday through Saturday.
223 S. Main, Wichita
|Critical workers and residents aged 65+ who are mobile|
|Central Community Church |
6100 W Maple, Wichita, KS
|Dose 1 Critical workers and residents aged 65+ who are mobile|
|Drive-Thru Clinic, Wichita Transit Operations Center|
777 E. Waterman, Wichita
|Residents aged 65+ who are not mobile|
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