Kansas opens booster shots to all

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Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced on Nov. 17 that all fully vaccinated Kansans over the age of 18 are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots“The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and the best way to keep our communities protected from this virus,” said Kelly. “Expanding access to booster shots will help us put an end to this deadly pandemic. Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated.”Booster shots are now for all Kansans at least 18 years old. To be eligible, you must have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, or received your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.Health officials said that as winter takes hold, Kansans will be indoors more often. That puts them at greater risk of contracting the virus.Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the Delta variant. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.The Sedgwick County Health Department is offering Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters at the community vaccine clinic at 223. S. Main in Wichita, and at mobile clinics around Sedgwick County. Find other locations at www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine/clinic-locations/.Through November, online appointments are required in Sedgwick County. Visit www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine/scheduling/. If you are in Sedgwick County and want a Moderna booster shot, visit www.vaccines.gov to find a location.The Sumner County Health Department in Wellington is offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You must make an appointment; walk-in shots are not available. Call 620-326-2774.You also can find other COVID-19 vaccine clinics at www.vaccines.gov.

Holiday hours for COVID tests, vaccines

SEDGWICK COUNTY – A modified schedule is in place during Thanksgiving this week for residents seeking a no-cost COVID-19 test or vaccination through the Sedgwick County Health Department.The SCHD community vaccine clinic at 223 S. Main in Wichita will be closed on Thursday and Friday. It is open this Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Through the rest of November, online appointments are required for no-cost vaccine doses. Sign up online at www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine/scheduling/. This site only offers vaccination shots.Beginning Dec. 1, the community vaccine clinic will transition to walk-in only. No appointments will be needed.If you are getting your second shot or booster shot, bring proof of prior vaccination.COVID-19 testing will be done this week during the same hours, and will be offered at the SCHD clinic at 4115 E. Harry in Wichita. Text “CS COVID TEST” to 316-215-8313 to place yourself in line for a test. A text message will notify you of your wait time and when to come to the clinic, or if the capacity for the day has been reached.Other testing sites in Sedgwick County will be open Friday and Saturday. You can find a list online at www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/sampling-and-testing-information/.
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