Your guide to vaccines

Southeast Kansas Health Departments release plans for vaccines and boosters ahead of children’s shots

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November 2, 2021 - 10:03 AM

Ruthie Riccobon, 14, is vaccinated by nurse Karen Pagliaro as children ages 12-15 are able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Hartford, Conn.

With multiple COVID-19 vaccination options available, and more to come once the CDC issues guidelines for children ages 5 to 11, it might be a little confusing to know what shots are recommended and how to get them.

Rebecca Johnson, executive director of the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments

The Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments released a chart to help, and executive director Rebecca Johnson said all vaccines and boosters for ages 12 and older are currently available at the local health department.

She will announce a plan for children ages 5 to 11 as soon as the CDC releases its recommendations. That could happen as early as this week. 

It’s not yet known when the health department will begin administering vaccines for that age group.

Only Pfizer has been approved for younger children. 

VACCINATIONS can be done at the health department at 411 N. Washington.

A business or school also can schedule a vaccination clinic. Call the health department at 620-365-2191 to make arrangements.

Vaccinations also may be available at other health clinics and pharmacies. Contact your provider if you would like to schedule one.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for teenagers. It covers anyone ages 12 and older, and requires a series of two shots three weeks apart. A booster shot is recommended after six months.

Moderna is available to those 18 and older and requires two shots four weeks apart. A booster shot is recommended after six months.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just one shot and is available to those 18 years and older. A booster shot is recommended after two months. 

Any of the three vaccines can be used as a booster shot for those 18 and older, regardless of what type was used in the initial vaccination.

ALLEN County continues to rank near the bottom of Kansas counties when it comes to vaccination rates and positive COVID case numbers.

The county has consistently been ranked 84th out of 105 counties.

Just 45.4% of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 41.91% are fully vaccinated.

That’s lower than the state rate, with 53.6% receiving at least one dose and 53.3% fully vaccinated.

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