JCDHE reaches the 100,000 vaccination mark

Next week, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) anticipates administering approximately 10,000 doses. JCDHE encourages all who are age 16 and older to receive a vaccine during the expanded COVID-19 vaccination hours that includes evening and weekend availability. Walk-in hours are also available. More details on clinic hours are listed below.

Earlier this week, JCDHE crossed the 100,000 mark for COVID-19 first and second dose shots given at our vaccination clinics. Currently, JCDHE data show that 45% of the total eligible (16 years of age and older) Johnson County population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 32% of the total eligible Johnson County population is fully immunized.

The CDC data show that 34.4% of the total county population is fully vaccinated. The difference in reporting is due to the fact that the CDC is able to compile data from other states, including Missouri.

“It has never been easier or more convenient to get that vaccine than right now,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “The vaccine is safe, effective and will prevent you from getting a serious illness”.

The following is Johnson County’s vaccination plan for the week of May 3. This is in accordance with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Vaccination Plan.

  • Eligible persons (age 16 and older) – JCDHE will provide first doses for those eligible at the Lenexa vaccination site. Appointments at the Lenexa clinic will be 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday (May 4-6). Walk-in hours are available Saturday (May 1) from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday (May 4 and 5) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday (May 6) from 3-6:30 p.m.
  • Johnson County hospital systems – AdventHealth, Menorah, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, KU-Med and St. Luke’s Hospital are offering vaccinations. Links to their websites are available.
  • Federal Pharmacy Retail Program – https://vaccinefinder.org for additional information.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution has resumed this week for the homebound population in our community.

JCDHE is taking the following actions to ensure vaccination equity:

  • Those with transportation needs. JCDHE will continue to offer transportation to a vaccine clinic for those needing it. This service can be requested by calling 913-715-2819.
  • Homebound population: JCDHE’s Outreach Nurses offer this service. It can be requested by calling 913-715-2819.
  • Vaccinations in homeless shelters, those staying in other shelters and other highly impacted populations will continue as needed and vaccine availability. JCDHE is working with community partners to offer these vaccinations.

JCDHE is automatically scheduling Pfizer second-dose appointments three weeks after the first vaccine and four weeks after the Moderna 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 [email protected] or by phone at 913-715-2819.

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