SE Kansas health departments detail Phase 2 vaccine plans

PITTSBURG/COLUMBUS, Kan. – Some health departments in Southeast Kansas are beginning to make plans for phase two distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Each county has its own distribution plan on how vaccines will get to those who qualify.

Cherokee County took to social media laying out their phase two plans and who will provide the vaccines. Cherokee County PIO David Groves says “The health department obviously is going to be one of those providers, there’s eight other, well, seven other providers that have signed up and been authorized to provide vaccine throughout the county, so everybody’s at this point, waiting to receive the vaccine not knowing yet when the next shipment will arrive and how many doses we’ll get.”

Cherokee County’s plan also includes setting up a number, when they’re ready, that people can call to setup an appointment. The health department says social media will be utilized along with other public platforms to release plans and details as they become available.

Crawford County’s Deputy Health Officer says they’re still early in their phase two plans. Teddi Van Kam says “We are in the planning phases and we have been communicating and working with our county partners and looking at the logistics of things, trying to collect pod sites, so we’re working pretty hard on it.”

Like Cherokee County, social media will be one of many platforms used to release information to the public for other area counties. The Multi-County Health Department that covers, Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties has also released information on social media saying they too will use social media and other platforms to update residents on phase two plans and that they won’t be taking appointments, instead, there will be a large dispensing clinic site setup and everyone over 65 will be able to get vaccinated at that clinic.

Both Crawford and Cherokee County officials say if you do have questions or concerns about the vaccine to call their offices for assistance.

You can find 4-State COVID-19 information here, as well as links to area health departments.