Lyon County is following the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
COVID Vaccine Prioritization Guide
Please note, this differs from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
recommendations for vaccination rollout.

Lyon County COVID-19 Vaccinations

When can you get a vaccination?

Healthcare providers in Lyon County are currently vaccinating individuals according to Phase 1 KDHE guidelines.
When vaccine supply becomes available for eligible individuals according to Phase 2 KDHE guidelines, patients over 65 years of age will begin to be contacted by their primary care provider’s office with further direction for vaccination. Currently, there is no need for a patient to call their doctor’s office.

January 11, 2021
Currently, there is limited availability of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine. Newman Regional Health and Lyon County Public Health follow the priority list as established by Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Phase groups were created using guidance from national and state public health experts and input from the Kansas Coronavirus Vaccine Advisory Council (COVAC), which represents a diverse group of populations in Kansas.

Keep up to date through local media outlets such as KVOE and the Emporia Gazette to monitor changes in priority lists and phase groups.

Check out
KDHE has launched a new public facing website, the site will be updated regularly. Watch this website for early warnings of the amount of vaccine coming into Kansas and which phase Kanas is in.
The site features sections on:

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine

We are living in an independent living facility why don’t we have vaccines?
Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and independent living facilities are partnered with the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care Program.  Through this program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has engaged retail pharmacy partners (CVS and Walgreens) to secure vaccine and provide on-site vaccinations.  It is advised to ensure the facility is enrolled in the program.  If not enrolled, an alternate plan for vaccinations should be in place.

Can you request which vaccine you want? Moderna or Pfizer?
Because of how the state allocates vaccine supply, there is no way to determine what vaccine brand we may have inventory of at any given time.  As a result, preferences of vaccine brand are not something that can be requested at this time.

Do we have a time frame to schedule an appointment for 65+ to receive the vaccine?
Lyon County is currently still continuing to vaccinate eligible individuals in Phase 1; however, with a recent allocation received last week, the county has received the needed amounts to complete its current phase.  Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) officials have told counties they would prefer a statewide rollout to Phase 2.  We expect to see an announcement from the state to move into Phase 2 within the next 1-2 weeks.  At that time, we will keep the community informed as to next steps for vaccination scheduling. (posted 1/18/2021)

I assist in the care for my elderly parent. Are there any accommodations within the guidelines to help protect him by me getting vaccinated also?
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Vaccination Prioritization Plan identifies home care givers and personal care aides as an example of a special care environment included within Phase 2.

Will retail workers who work full time with the public be able to vaccinate in group 2?
Currently, yes. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Vaccination Prioritization Plan identifies retail workers as an example of critical workers included within Phase 2.

Who is Paying for the COVID 19 Vaccination?
According to the CDC website – “Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.”
According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) = “BCBSKS will cover that cost for our members. Any member that receives a bill for the administration fee for the vaccine should submit a claim to BCBSKS.”

Are the vaccines safe?
The vaccines have gone through large clinical trials and First Doses have been administered to more than 10 million Americans and more than 260,000 Kansans. There have been only fractional issues related to vaccine reactions.
The CDC has great resources to fully address vaccine safety issues.

Do you have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine?

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January 11, 2021 Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing. Guests include NRH Infection Preventionist Ester Knobloch and Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively.
January 7, 2021 Newsmaker 2: Newman Regional Health CEO Bob Wright discusses COVID-19 vaccinations.

Local health officials discuss COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Gov. Kelly announces finalized vaccine distribution orders for Kansas

Information from the Centers For Disease Control, and Prevention (CDC)

CDC: 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

CDC: Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

CDC: Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

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