The Allen County Health Department now has the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose available for those who qualify.
The booster shots are available for those who have received the complete series of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and meet at least one of the following conditions:
• 65 years and older
• Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
• Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
• Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
To receive the booster shot, call for an appointment in Iola at 620-365-2191. A walk-in clinic is available on Mondays.
To get the vaccine or booster at other area health departments in the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments system, in Anderson County, call 785-448-6559, Bourbon: 620-223-4464, Woodson: 620-625-2484.
COVID-19 vaccination rates in Allen County remain somewhat stagnant, though they have improved slightly.
Just 44.32% of all county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 40.46% have been fully vaccinated. Those numbers are up slightly from the last time the Register checked in, when they were 43.16% with one dose and 38.97% fully vaccinated.
Still, the county has improved compared to others in the state, but it remains near the bottom in terms of vaccinations and cases.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment ranked Allen County 84th out of 105 counties. That’s an improvement from three weeks ago, when the county was ranked 90th.
The county’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began rose to 1,800 on Monday, up from 1,789 on Friday.