COVID-19 Vaccine

A vaccine needle stuck in a vial

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective against the coronavirus, and they’re readily available throughout Johnson County. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment strongly recommends all residents get the vaccine, which can prevent serious illness, hospitalization or even death from the coronavirus.

Vaccines are available for free through JCDHE, as well as through local healthcare systems and pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, and help keep Johnson County safe by getting vaccinated today.

About COVID Vaccines

The CDC recommends that everyone ages five years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a booster. Immunocompromised individuals may also receive a third primary shot and booster dose.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals ages five and older. Adults ages 18 and older can choose to receive the Pfizer, Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines are fully approved by the CDC and are highly effective at combatting the coronavirus.

Learn more about the specific doses of the COVID vaccine that are available in Johnson County:

Where to get a vaccine

JCDHE provides free COVID-19 vaccines, including the primary series of doses and boosters, at its walk-in vaccination clinics in Olathe and Mission. Vaccines are available during walk-in hours only.

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

How do I get a vaccine if I'm younger than 18?

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available to children ages five and older in Kansas. A parent or guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18 (English or Spanish).

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.

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 [email protected].

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?

There is no cost for the vaccine through JCDHE.

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 [email protected].

KDHE will send the health care provider an enrollment form and instructions on how to order, store and administer the vaccine.

If I live in Johnson County, do I have to get vaccinated in Johnson County?

There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, and you can get vaccinated at any location that is convenient for you (clinic, pharmacy, employer).

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 vaccinator. Not every doctor’s office has the storage capability required for the COVID-19 vaccine.

How do people without computer access get information about COVID-19 vaccinations?

They can call JCDHE at 913-715-2819 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This line is also available for those who speak Spanish.

What should I bring to JCDHE's walk-in clinic?

Bring the following to JCDHE's vaccination sites:

·         JCDHE’s vaccine consent form (if you do not have access to print this form, you will be able to fill one out at the vaccination site.)

·         Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (second/booster doses only)

Why is Johnson County not doing drive-thru vaccine clinics?

Due to the large amount of staffing required for clinics, weather conditions and the volume of individuals coming through clinics, it would be difficult for Johnson County to conduct. Mobile vaccine clinics may be available to limited groups.

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.