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Counties are taking COVID-19 vaccine priority in their own hands

Coronavirus in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Each Kansas county is handling phase 2 differently depending on its supply.

Sedgwick County is now allowing those 83 years old and older to get vaccinated. The county lowering that age due to the lack of appointments. Those leftover from phase 1

can also get vaccinated. In the surrounding counties, the plan is different.

“Lots of exciting things lay ahead, there is going to be a monumental task for every health department that is doing this,” said Tom Langer, the public health officer for Cowley County.

Cowley County said the county is already vaccinating its list of 2,000 people in phase 2.

Harvey County is also in phase 2, it’s first 300 doses of phase two will go to law enforcement, first responders, and teachers.

“We have had people literally cry and not because of the shot but thanking us,” said Langer.

Some counties are still waiting to begin phase 2.

Kingman County said it’s still vaccinating essential and high contact critical works, then move to those 65 and older.

Sumner County will begin phase 2 next week with limited supplies, it will first focus on those 85 and older, then move on to 65 and older, and then K-12 and childcare workers.

“It’s nice to be able to say it’s now here, is where to sign up pick your day,” said Jamie Downs, the administrator of the Butler County Health Department.

Butler County launched its website to sign up for vaccinations Thursday. The county has 600-second dose vaccines for first responders, teachers, and those 65 and older.

“This is a phase where a significant amount of our population is,” said Downs.

If your county wasn’t mentioned and you’re still wondering what your phase 2 will look like check your health department’s website or call the department for more details.

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