Counties expand vaccination protocols for Phase 2

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By Travis Mounts

Sumner County and Sedgwick County have both expanded the ages for people who may receive the COIVD-19 vaccination, although the age is different in each county.

In Sumner County, the age is being lowered to 65. In Segdwick County, the age is being lowered to 80.

Sumner County will provide vaccinations on two different dates – Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 4. Appointments are required, and will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1-2. Appointments might be able to be made after that, but only if there are time slots available. The vaccinations will be given at the Raymond Frye Complex at 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington. The latest clinic dates were announced on Friday, Jan. 29.

To schedule your appointment in Sumner County, call 316-326-2774 and then press option "1." Be prepared to wait or for a call back. Additional vaccination clinics for people age 65 and older are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10-11 and Feb. 17. There is no pre-booking for these dates due to vaccine supply limitations. Additional announcements will be made when appointments may be booked for those dates.

Late Thursday, Sedgwick County announced it was lowering the age for vaccinations to 80. The county plans to received 7,000 Pfizer doses weekly for the foreseeable future, the county announced in a news release. Segdwick County will no schedule more appointments than vaccine is available.

To schedule an appointment with the County, the individual or the individual’s caretaker must register on behalf of the resident online: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine/schedule/

Caregivers are welcome to join the resident at the appointment but caregivers will not receive the vaccine at that time. Vaccine appointments for caregivers and others outside of the 80 and older category will open at a future date. 

For those aged 80 and older, if an online appointment cannot be made, the individual or caretaker may dial (316) 660-1029 to schedule an appointment over the phone. This phone line will close when all available appointments have filled; the line will reopen when more appointments become available.

On Jan. 29-30, vaccinations will be given at the Sedgwick County Health Department, 1900 E. 9th Street, Wichita. On Feb. 1-6, vaccinations will be given at two remote clinics: at Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman in Wichita, and a drive-through clinic at the Wichita Transit Operations Center, 777 E. Waterman in Wichita. The Instrust Bank Arena location is for health care associated workers and residents (80+) who are mobile. Non-mobile residents will need to utilize the drive-through clinic.

Sedgwick County recommends you arrive to your vaccine appointment no more than five minutes early and plan to allow at least 45 minutes for the vaccine appointment. The earlier you arrive to your appointment, the longer you have to wait on site. To prepare for your appointment, please follow the steps below.

For additional information in Sedgwick County, call 316-660-1022, which is the line for general questions. This line is not for scheduling appointments.
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