Our vaccination efforts are governed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Lyon County Public Health (Flint Hills Community Health Center) who determine our allocation and whom we may vaccinate.  

For questions related to the Lyon County COVID-19 vaccine strategy and operations, please contact:

Lyon County Public Health
(620) 208-3741
https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/

Patients who received monoclonal antibody infusion therapy for treatment of COVID-19 need to wait 90 days before vaccination
Monoclonal antibody treatments give the body the antibodies it needs to protect itself while COVID-19 vaccines provide immunity by triggering a person’s immune system to respond naturally.
If you receive a monoclonal antibody treatment, please do NOT get vaccinated until 3 months after treatment.

CURRENTLY UNDER PHASE 2 KDHE GUIDANCE

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.

Newman Regional Health is not currently administering COVID-19 Vaccinations.
Newman Regional Health does not maintain a list of future vaccine recipients. If you have previously provided your information, your interest in receiving vaccination has been shared with Lyon County Public Health.

Lyon County COVID-19 Vaccinations

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine

When can you get a vaccination?
Lyon County Public Health Health is partnering with Flint Hills Community Health Center to serve as the primary vaccine provider site for Lyon County.  The state is distributing vaccines only to county health departments. Newman Regional Health does not have any vaccine supply. To learn more, please contact Lyon County Public Health at (620) 208-3741 through their website https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/

How can you put your name on list for a vaccine?
As of right now, Newman Regional Health is not creating lists for vaccination due to recent decisions by state officials to control distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines through public health departments. For questions related to the Lyon County COVID-19 vaccine strategy and operations, please contact Lyon County Public Health at (620) 208-3741 or visit https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/.

How do I know if I am categorized as a Phase 2: High-contact critical worker.
According to the KDHE definition: Workers providing critical services who are at a higher risk of being infected, because their jobs require consistent and close contact with a large number of individuals
Examples:

  • Firefighters, police officers, first responders, correction officers
  • Grocery store workers and food services
  • K-12 and childcare workers, including teachers, custodians, drivers, and other staff
  • Food processing, including meat processing plants
  • Large-scale aviation manufacturing plants
  • Transportation workers
  • Workers in the following industries, if they regularly need to be in high-risk settings to perform their duties:
    • Retail, warehouses and sales outlets
    • Agriculture
    • Supply of critical services or materials for the COVID response (e.g. PPE)
    • The U.S. Postal Service
    • Department of Motor Vehicles

What is a Phase 2 Congregate Setting for vaccination purposes?
According to the KDHE definition: Anyone living or working in licensed congregate settings and other special care or congregate environments
Examples:

  • Homeless shelters and other homeless housing settings and dwelling places
  • Congregate childcare institutions, adult and child protective services
  • Emergency shelters or safe houses for victims of domestic violence
  • Corrections facilities, including jails and juvenile justice facilities
  • Behavioral Health institutions (including mental health institutions) and residential treatment centers
  • Adult care homes, residents and staff in home plus facilities not covered in phase 1
  • Senior living homes
  • Home care givers (paid or unpaid), personal care aides

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.

We are both over 65 and have our GP in another city even though we live in Emporia. Will we be on the Lyon County list?
As Lyon County residents, you both will be eligible to receive vaccination in Phase 2 through any of the vaccine provider sites at that time.

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.

What costs and out-of-pocket expense can I expect after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination?
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all, regardless of whether patients have private health insurance, are uninsured, or are on Medicare. 
Patients with private health insurance will have a $0 out-of-pocket patient responsibility for both the COVID-19 vaccine and administration.  This includes out-of-network providers.  Those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not be billed with copays or unexpected administrative fees.
If a patient is self-pay or uninsured, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds will be used to cover the expense, resulting in a $0 out-of-pocket patient responsibility for both the COVID-19 vaccine and administration.
If patients have inadvertently received a bill, or have questions regarding their patient account, please call (620) 343-6800 x21153.

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 safety or efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Please note: Questions concerning the availability of the vaccines, appointments, clinics and priorities should be addressed to Lyon County Public Health at (620) 208-3741 or visit https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/
  • I understand:

    That no personal information will be shared, that I may not get a specific, directed answer to my question and that no specific medical advice or diagnosis can or will be offered.

For questions related to the Lyon County COVID-19 vaccine strategy and operations, please contact Lyon County Public Health at (620) 208-3741 or visit https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/.

Check out KansasVaccine.gov
KDHE has launched a new public facing website KansasVaccine.gov, 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:

February 22, 2021 – Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing. Guests included FHCHC COO Amanda Dreasher.
February 15, 2021 – Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing. Guests include FHCHC CEO, Renee Hively.
February 8, 2021 – Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing.
February 1, 2021 – Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing.
February 1, 2021 – LCAT Finance Manager Shane Brunner discusses transportation options for coronavirus vaccines.
January 25, 2021 – Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing. Guests include Newman Regional Health Pharmacy Director Ashley Edwards and Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively.
Newsmaker 2: COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing. Guests include Newman Regional Health Chief Quality Officer Cathy Pimple and Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively.
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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