COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for ages 6 months and older. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment strongly recommends all residents who are eligible get an updated vaccine, which can prevent serious illness, hospitalization or even death from the coronavirus.
Vaccines are available through JCDHE, as well as through local healthcare systems, clinics and pharmacies.
See the current vaccine recommendations from the CDC for adults, children and individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
Where to get a vaccine
JCDHE provides Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months and older at its walk-in vaccination clinics in Olathe and Mission for those who qualify for the CDC’s Bridge Access Program or the Vaccines for Children program and those with private health insurance. Limited supply available. Vaccines are available during walk-in hours only. A $20 administration fee may apply per vaccine. If you do not qualify for the Bridge Access Program or the Vaccines for Children program and choose to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine, the cost is $160.
Please verify with your insurance company regarding COVID-19 vaccination coverage. JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. JCDHE accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Ambetter, Cigna, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Part B and Part D. JCDHE does not accept insurance from any Medicare HMO plans for the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are also available through health systems and pharmacies. Find a vaccine near you using Vaccine Finder or Vacunas (Spanish). You can also text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489).
FAQs About Getting the Vaccine
What if I have lost my COVID-19 vaccination record card?
If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from JCDHE, you can complete this form (English or Spanish) and return it to JCDHE via email, fax or regular mail. For medical record questions, email MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.
If you received your COVID-19 vaccine from another provider (i.e., doctor's office, pharmacy, out of state provider), please contact them directly for a copy of your records. JCDHE only has vaccination records for people who received their COVID-19 vaccine(s) at a JCDHE clinic.
What will the vaccine cost?
If you have health insurance, JCDHE will bill your insurance plan for the cost of the vaccine plus JCDHE’s administration fee. If you don’t have health insurance and qualify for the CDC’s Bridge Access Program there is no cost for the vaccine. If your child qualifies for the Vaccines for Children program, the vaccine will be provided at no cost, but a $20 administration fee per vaccine applies. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket for the private health insurance vaccine, the cost is $160.
JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Sunflower and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Ambetter, Cigna, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Part B and Part D. We do not accept insurance from any Medicare HMO plans. Check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for vaccinations.
What should I bring to JCDHE's walk-in clinic?
Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (if previously vaccinated) and your health insurance card or payment for JCDHE’s vaccine administration fee if your child qualifies for the CDC’s Vaccines for Children program. JCDHE accepts cash, a personal check, debit or credit card payment for vaccine administration fees or those paying out-of-pocket for the vaccine.
How do I get a vaccine if I'm younger than 18?
Children ages 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must be accompanied by an adult. A parent or guardian is preferable. However, the parent or guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if they are unavailable.
How do health care providers sign up to provide COVID-19 vaccine?
Any health care provider that wants a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to their patients or staff needs to email a request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at kdhe.COVIDEnrollment@ks.gov.
KDHE will send the health care provider an enrollment form and instructions on how to order, store and administer the vaccine.
Can I get the vaccine at my doctor’s office?
You will need to contact your doctor directly to find out if they are a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
How do people without computer access get information about COVID-19 vaccinations?
They can call JCDHE at 913-826-1200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This line is also available for those who speak Spanish.
Which local pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccines?
Vaccine Finder helps you find the most up-to-date list of clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine during the same visit?
According to the CDC, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time.
If you haven’t gotten your currently recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can, and ideally get a flu vaccine by the end of October.
If you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time, you should speak with your health care provider.