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Sedgwick County to get 7,000 more doses of the coronavirus vaccine, taking appointments

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Sedgwick County says it is about to get 7,000 more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Thursday afternoon news conference, Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner described the supply of vaccine the county is getting as a trickle. But after he said that, Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman announced the new doses coming next week.

“I’d like to share some good news that we’ve received from KDHE,” he said. “They’ve informed us that our health department should begin to receive a regular weekly shipment from the state’s allocation next week. We anticipate receiving 7,000 Pfizer doses. It’s our understanding we can plan on receiving 7,000 weekly doses, weekly, for the foreseeable future.”

Dr. Garold Minns, the county health officer, said that the county is focusing on vaccinating healthcare workers and those residents who are 65 and older.

“77% of our county residents that have passed away from COVID-19 are over the age of 70,” he said.

Because the supply has not been what the county hoped, it is starting with older people in that age group and slowly adding younger people. The current age limit is 80 and older.

Sedgwick County has a website for people in those groups to schedule a vaccination. Click here. Those who do not have computer access can call 316-660-1029. Caregivers for elderly parents can fill out the online form for them.

The county will only schedule appointments for the vaccine doses it has on hand. It does not keep a waiting list. The appointments are only for Sedgwick County residents.

Also, the county will hold a drive-thru vaccination clinic Monday at the Wichita Transit System, 777 E. Waterman, for those who may have mobility issues. The drive-thru clinic is by appointment only.

Sedgwick County said the hospitals and long-term care facilities have been getting their vaccine doses directly from the federal government and those numbers are not included in the county totals.

Minns also discussed the importance of getting the second dose of the vaccine.

“The second dose in some sense is the most important as receiving a second dose boosts your immunity up to 95 to 98% effectiveness,” he said.

He also stressed that it is important to continue to wear a mask after getting vaccinated to protect people who have not been vaccinated.

The Sedgwick County Health Department updated its COVID-19 dashboard Thursday afternoon to show that there have been 13 more deaths linked to the virus. It brings the county’s death toll to 375.

But the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is not going up as quickly as it was in November and December.

The county’s positivity rate is down to 7.6% after a high of 22.4% in November.

CountyConfirmedWeekly Doses
Allen1,231100
Anderson831100
Atchison1,585300
Barber371
Barton2,596
Bourbon1,373
Brown1,233100
Butler7,434
Chase251
Chautauqua265
Cherokee2,446
Cheyenne361
Clark248
Clay793300
Cloud976100
Coffey723300
Comanche167
Cowley3,904
Crawford4,681
Decatur264
Dickinson1,722290
Doniphan964
Douglas8,6523,860
Edwards259
Elk178100
Ellis3,727
Ellsworth1,217100
Finney5,371900
Ford5,720200
Franklin2,513400
Geary3,249500
Gove385
Graham263100
Grant937100
Gray559
Greeley104
Greenwood553
Hamilton202100
Harper616
Harvey3,567300
Haskell417
Hodgeman210
Jackson1,395
Jefferson1,690
Jewell209
Johnson56,96220,440
Kearny565100
Kingman748200
Kiowa237
Labette2,719100
Lane126
Leavenworth7,121100
Lincoln262
Linn793
Logan292
Lyon4,227800
Marion1,048
Marshall1,079
McPherson3,230400
Meade507100
Miami2,701700
Mitchell561
Montgomery3,415700
Morris574100
Morton254
Nemaha1,505
Neosho1,786100
Ness370
Norton1,205
Osage1,221300
Osborne289
Ottawa549
Pawnee1,148
Phillips711
Pottawatomie1,868
Pratt812
Rawlins297100
Reno8,406300
Republic660
Rice1,067100
Riley5,8512,100
Rooks655
Rush430
Russell857300
Saline6,126600
Scott579
Sedgwick55,34713,870
Seward3,845
Shawnee17,1616,510
Sheridan432
Sherman621
Smith269100
Stafford338
Stanton184
Stevens558
Sumner2,119200
Thomas1,092
Trego406
Wabaunsee672
Wallace176
Washington532100
Wichita216
Wilson993
Woodson216
Wyandotte19,9186,180
Dundy, NE178 
Furnas, NE500 
Hitchcock, NE253 
Red Willow, NE1,204 
Beaver, OK470 
Harper, OK416 
Kay, OK5,283 
Texas, OK3,497 

County coronavirus cases updated: April 14, 2021
Weekly doses updated April 12, 2021
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Oklahoma State Department of Health

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