Sedgwick County expanding vaccine outreach efforts

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 10:38 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County is expanding its vaccine outreach efforts with plans to make COVID-19 shots available at events across Wichita. Vaccinations at Wichita’s old downtown library have slowed in the past month with about 60 percent of people in Sedgwick County still unvaccinated. That’s why, this week, the county’s health department will bring vaccine clinics to events across Wichita.

From baseball games to Riverfest to the Sedgwick County Zoo, Sedgwick County is taking COVID-19 vaccines to the people, making it readily available to anyone who’s ready to be vaccinated. Sedgwick County Health Director Byrne said some yet-to-be vaccinated people aren’t opposed to getting vaccinated, they just don’t want to take the time and effort to go out and get a vaccine.

“We know there are people out there that say, if they happen to be there, I’ll go ahead and get vaccinated, but I don’t feel strongly enough about it to go out of my way or take an hour out of my day to get vaccinated,’” Byrne said.

The Sedgwick County Health Department is expanding hours at the downtown library during Riverfest, setting up clinics at Wichita Wind Surge games, schools and even the Sedgwick County Zoo on Sundays.

“Any event where the event planner is open to us being there, we’re going to try to make it as convenient as possible,” Byrne said.

For those on the fence about getting a vaccine or with questions, there will be people at the upcoming clinics to help answer them.

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