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Currently being vaccinated: Those 65 and older, emergency responders, K-12 special education staff, health care workers, Long-term care staff and residents, pandemic response workers

Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine

 

COVID-19, How do I get a vaccine

No. When you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend getting the vaccine from any provider that makes it available to you. While vaccines are still in short supply, you may want to ask the provider if there is a residency requirement. 

The vaccine is the same no matter what county or state you get vaccinated in. What’s more important is that you receive the same brand of vaccine on your second dose. You do not have to return to the same provider for the second dose. Get the second dose from any provider that is offering the same brand of vaccine you received on your first dose.

JCHDE follows the Kansas Vaccination Plan that puts those aged 16-64 with severe medical risks in Phase 3. Counties are not allowed to change what population is in each phase. Currently Johnson County is in Phase 2. As soon as the people in this phase are vaccinated, we will move to Phase 3.

You will need to contact your doctor directly to find out if they are a COVID-19 vaccinator. Not every doctor’s office has the storage capability required for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Due to the large amount of staffing required for clinics, weather conditions and the volume of individuals coming through clinics, it would be difficult for Johnson County to conduct. Mobile vaccine clinics may be available to limited groups in the near future.

You will be able to receive your vaccination through the additional phases. We recommend getting the vaccine from any provider that makes it available to you.

People who have made an appointment and received a confirmation email can change or cancel their appointment through that confirmation email. Information in the email gives them the option of rescheduling or canceling.

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to people in phases. If you are a Johnson County resident/worker, download and review this document to determine your phase: Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan.

Johnson County Department of Health & Environment

If you’re a Johnson County resident/worker eligible in Phase 2 and you haven’t taken JCDHE vaccine interest survey, fill out our interest form or call 913-715-2819 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Those eligible in Phase 2 will be contacted when appointments become available. We estimate it will take several weeks to vaccinate this large group of our population. We are starting with a subset of Phase 2 eligible people, those who are age 80+. Once this population is vaccinated, we will move to those 65-79.

We will share links to vaccination opportunities as we hear about them. However, please know that at this time doses are still very limited in our county. You may want to bookmark some of these links and check them frequently to see if appointments open up.

Health Care Systems

If you are eligible to register through a health care system, please do so and accept the first appointment you receive.

National Retail Pharmacy Program

Kansas has 12 pharmacy companies with more than 400 locations enrolled in the National Retail Pharmacy Program. Initially, there are 82 pharmacies receiving 8,700 doses of vaccine from the Federal Government to vaccinate Kansans aged 65+. 

The following pharmacies are participating in Johnson County (as of 12 p.m. on Feb. 16).

Cedar Creek Pharmacy 
34040 Commerce Drive
De Soto, KS
Registration site: http://www.cedarcreekpharmacy.org/

Wal-Mart 
13600 S. Alden St. 
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Hen House Pharmacy #32
13600 S. Blackbob Road
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #40
15970 S. Mur-Len Road
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #26
2101 E. Santa Fe St.
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #25 
7000 W. 75th St.
Overland Park, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Hen House Pharmacy #33 
6900 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Download this state document for a list of all of the participating pharmacies across the state.

Health care workers

Health care workers eligible in Phase 1 who haven't gotten their vaccination yet, can make an appointment. If it says “there are no classes with open slots” when you click on the link, there are no appointments available yet. This list explains who is eligible in Phase 1 per the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

80+ population

People in this age group who have not yet received their first dose should complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.

K-12 Staff

K-12 staff should reach out to their administrators regarding vaccine opportunities through Children's Mercy.

Independent living residents

Independent living residents will be vaccinated through a new vaccine partnership with Hy-Vee and AuBurn Pharmacy.

Veterans

Veterans can get vaccines through the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Call 816-861-4700 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about the vaccine. Additional questions can be emailed to [email protected].

We completely understand your concern. Currently there are still a limited amount of doses available for our county. If you have not received information from your PCP and you don’t know which hospital system your PCP is associated with, you should ask your PCP. Once you know which hospital system your PCP is associated with, you can check that hospital system’s website for vaccine information.

They can call the Department of Health and Environment at 913-715-2819. This line is also available for those who speak Spanish. Our staff can assist Johnson County residents and employees in securing a slot when vaccines become available.

You can register with our partnering health systems to receive a vaccine if you're 65+. As soon as Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is finished vaccinating the 80+ group, we will move to those 65-79. We anticipate this can begin as early as next week.

Once you press Submit, it may take a few seconds to record your results, and, when successful, you will see “Thank you for completing the Johnson County, Kansas Phase 2 Vaccination Interest Form. Your response has been saved.”.  You will not receive a separate email confirmation.

People 65 and older are already able to get vaccinated through the health care systems. As long as we receive the doses we expect to from the state, JCDHE plans to open up its vaccination clinics to those 65+ on March 3.

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to people in phases. If you are a Johnson County resident/worker, download and review this document to determine your phase: Kansas Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Plan.

Johnson County Department of Health & Environment

If you’re a Johnson County resident/worker eligible in Phase 2 and you haven’t taken JCDHE vaccine interest survey, fill out our interest form or call 913-715-2819 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Those eligible in Phase 2 will be contacted when appointments become available. We estimate it will take several weeks to vaccinate this large group of our population. We are starting with a subset of Phase 2 eligible people, those who are age 80+. Once this population is vaccinated, we will move to those 65-79.

We will share links to vaccination opportunities as we hear about them. However, please know that at this time doses are still very limited in our county. You may want to bookmark some of these links and check them frequently to see if appointments open up.

Health Care Systems

If you are eligible to register through a health care system, please do so and accept the first appointment you receive.

National Retail Pharmacy Program

Kansas has 12 pharmacy companies with more than 400 locations enrolled in the National Retail Pharmacy Program. Initially, there are 82 pharmacies receiving 8,700 doses of vaccine from the Federal Government to vaccinate Kansans aged 65+. 

The following pharmacies are participating in Johnson County (as of 12 p.m. on Feb. 16).

Cedar Creek Pharmacy 
34040 Commerce Drive
De Soto, KS
Registration site: http://www.cedarcreekpharmacy.org/

Wal-Mart 
13600 S. Alden St. 
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Hen House Pharmacy #32
13600 S. Blackbob Road
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #40
15970 S. Mur-Len Road
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #26
2101 E. Santa Fe St.
Olathe, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Price Chopper Pharmacy #25 
7000 W. 75th St.
Overland Park, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Hen House Pharmacy #33 
6900 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
Registration site: https://www.ballsfoodspharmacy.com/

Download this state document for a list of all of the participating pharmacies across the state.

Health care workers

Health care workers eligible in Phase 1 who haven't gotten their vaccination yet, can make an appointment. If it says “there are no classes with open slots” when you click on the link, there are no appointments available yet. This list explains who is eligible in Phase 1 per the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

80+ population

People in this age group who have not yet received their first dose should complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.

K-12 Staff

K-12 staff should reach out to their administrators regarding vaccine opportunities through Children's Mercy.

Independent living residents

Independent living residents will be vaccinated through a new vaccine partnership with Hy-Vee and AuBurn Pharmacy.

Veterans

Veterans can get vaccines through the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Call 816-861-4700 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions about the vaccine. Additional questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Several Kansas pharmacies are participating in the National Retail Pharmacy Program. Download this state document for a list of all of the participating pharmacies across the state.

Yes, the survey remains available to those interested in receiving a vaccine in Phase 2, Tier 1.

If you have not already been contacted regarding vaccine for licensed child care facility staff, please reach out to JCDHE’s child care licensing division at 913-477-8339 or send an email to [email protected] regarding vaccine opportunities through Children's Mercy.

Johnson County Government will be following the vaccine distribution plan created by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The plan is available here: https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/121/Vaccine-Prioritization-Slides-PDF

The plan includes prioritization tiers, but how that is rolled out depends on how much vaccine the state of Kansas receives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. However, a COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children until more studies are completed.

Announcements about vaccine distribution will be sent to local media and posted on our website and social media when information becomes available.

If you qualify based on age, your regular identification card is sufficient.

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge, but the healthcare provider administering the vaccine may charge for an office visit or a small administration fee. JCDHE is providing the vaccine for free at its clinics. You do not need to have health insurance to get a vaccine.

You can book for an appointment to be vaccinated with DHE when vaccines become available. If you are 65 and older, live or work in a congregate setting, are a high-contact critical worker or were eligible to get vaccinated as part of phase 1, please fill out our interest form and note your situation.

Any health care provider that wants a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to their patients or staff needs to email a request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at [email protected]. KDHE will send the health care provider an enrollment form and instructions on how to order, store and administer the vaccine.

If someone isn’t able to get information from their PCP, if they don’t know with which health care system, that PCP is associated, that is a good question to ask their PCP. Once they know, we have these links available on the COVID-19 vaccine page of our website where people can seek additional information. Johnson County hospital systems, including AdventHealth, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, St. Luke’s Hospital and others will provide vaccinations to people 65 and older. Please check their websites.

(Click on a name to get to the website)  AdventHealth, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional, Olathe HealthKU MedSt. Luke’s Hospital

Health care workers remain eligible and can schedule an appointment. Learn more about those in Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution plan.

If you haven’t yet completed the interest form please do so. If you aren't associated with one of the current participating health care systems, you can still get a vaccine through the health department. JCDHE will contact you when we have doses available.

Those who are 65 years or older fall into Phase 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Vaccination Prioritization Plan. Please fill out this interest form and we will use this information to contact you using your preferred contact method (phone call, text message or email) with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination when we are ready to start vaccinating people in your tier.

There are still a limited amount of doses available for our county. As we get them, we will quickly delivery them to our health care system partners and hold our own clinics for different groups, including those not associated with a health care system. We want to get vaccines into arms as quickly as we can.

At this time, we are still working to complete Phases 1 and 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Vaccination Prioritization Plan. Those who are younger than 65 years with severe medical risks fall into Phase 3. When we are ready to vaccinate this population, we will send an announcement to local media stations and post it on our website and social media.

Those who are 65 years or older fall into Phase 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Vaccination Prioritization Plan. Please fill out this interest form and we will use this information to contact you using your preferred contact method (phone call, text message or email) with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination when we are ready to start vaccinating people in your tier.

Those who are essential workers in certain sectors are in Phase 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Vaccination Prioritization Plan. Please fill out this interest form and we will use this information to contact you using your preferred contact method (phone call, text message or email) with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination when we are ready for your tier.

No, JCDHE is still an important source for vaccinating different groups of people. We provide vaccines to health systems (AdventHealth, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional, Olathe Health, KU Med and St. Luke's Hospital) because patients are used to getting vaccinations through their health care systems, and it’s better for the public if vaccines are being given at multiple locations.

If you work in Johnson County and are in Phase 2 of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Vaccination Prioritization Plan, you can get vaccinated in Johnson County. Those who are essential workers in certain sectors are in Phase 2. Please fill out this interest form, and we will use this information to contact you using your preferred contact method (phone call, text message or email) with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination when we are ready for your tier.

No, the county will continue vaccinating any remaining persons in the 80+ population. Please complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.

COVID-19, What phase am I in

This depends on vaccine supplies received.

Phase 2, Tier 1 in Johnson County began the week of Jan. 25.

All unvaccinated persons prioritized in previous phases; water and wastewater; the U.S. Postal Service; Department of Motor Vehicles; retail, warehouses and sales outlets; companies that supply critical services or materials for the COVID-19 response (e.g. PPE).

Homeless shelters and other homeless housing settings and dwelling places; congregate child care institutions, adult and child protective services; emergency shelters or safe houses for victims of domestic violence; corrections facilities, including jails and juvenile justice facilities; behavioral health institutions (including mental health institutions) and residential treatment centers; adult care homes, residents and staff in home plus facilities not covered in phase 1; any remaining senior living homes; home care givers (paid or unpaid), personal care aides.

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has created groups within Phase 2, prioritizing those at highest risk for complications and exposure to COVID-19. Tier 1 includes those 65 and older, school staff, childcare staff, emergency personnel and those in the food and agriculture industries. As soon as Tier 1 has been vaccinated, the county will move to Tier 2.

Johnson County is following the state’s vaccination plan. The state creates the phases and decides when we move from phase to phase but counties can prioritize within the phases.

The Johnson County Department of Health & Environment, health care systems and some pharmacies will administer Phase 2 vaccinations.

While the CDC offers recommendations on who can receive the vaccine, each state determines how the population is prioritized based on public health risk and criticality to state infrastructure.

When the Kansas Department of Health and Environment determines that vaccine supply is ample enough to move on to the next phase, Johnson County will follow that directive and begin vaccinating the next phase.

We’re here to help. You can call us at 913-715-2819. This line is also available for those who speak Spanish. You can also get more information on our website.

COVID-19, Who is getting vaccinated now

Please check with your school’s administration or the county in which you teach for vaccination opportunities. Otherwise, please wait for when vaccinations open up for more people.

School/district administrators will reach out to their staff when it is their turn to make an appointment with Children’s Mercy. You can feel free to check in with your administrators, but please do not contact Children’s Mercy directly to schedule an appointment.

You do not need a doctor’s order, but depending on your condition, it may be prudent to consult with your primary care physician.

Johnson County is currently in Phase 2, Tier 1 of the vaccine distribution plan. The county is vaccinating those 80+ and health care workers. Our health partners are vaccinating those 65+ and school and child care staff. Some pharmacies are also now vaccinating those 65+. Get more information about how to get a vaccine.

COVID-19, What do I need to know about vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided this information on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Anyone interested in volunteering to help in Johnson County's vaccination effort can sign up at the Heart to Heart International website. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is listed in a dropdown list for “Where did you hear about us?” The county will be able to pull more vaccinators from this group to assist in vaccine clinics as well as in other roles.

JCDHE signed the agreement with Heart to Heart International to serve as the portal for individuals who wish to volunteer during this critical time in the pandemic. JCDHE forwarded the contact information for almost 300 community members who have inquired about volunteering. If you have asked about volunteering in the past, look for an email from Heart to Heart. They will contact you to get the process started.

COVID-19 is one of the leading causes of death in Johnson County, behind heart disease and cancer. Masking, physical distancing, washing hands and staying home when you’re sick are all ways to reduce the risk of spread. However, the vaccine is the most effective method for the county to reach herd immunity – a point when we no longer need to worry about spread of the disease in our community. Between 60-80% of the population must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is working on a comprehensive vaccine dashboard, similar to the state’s, that would display this information on an ongoing basis. For the time being, you can view limited vaccine received and administered information on jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Yes, we still have a long way to go to vaccinating our population. Although you may become fully protected a couple of weeks following your second dose, we don't yet fully know if you can still transmit the virus to others. Until more of the population is vaccinated, we should continue to protect our neighbors, and abide by the mask and public health orders.

COVID-19, Stay up to date on vaccine distribution

This information is and will continue to be shared on the jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine webpage. It’s also being shared with local media for promotion in print/television/radio. Additionally, you can subscribe to our daily e-newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Friday by email at jocogov.org/COVIDnewsletter.

We are working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, federal elected officials and regional health partners to get as much vaccine as possible, as quickly as possible. Hospitals get doses directly from the state, and the county receives what is left. Long-term care facilities get doses directly from the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.

It is not our practice to discard any vaccine after any COVID-19 vaccination clinic that we operate. Our staff carefully monitors the number of people in line at our clinics and the number of doses on hand. If one or two doses remain at the end of our clinics, we give it to a first responder or another staff member who qualifies in Phase 1 or Phase 2 who is working at the clinic thereby ensuring that no doses are wasted.

COVID-19, Second dose

If you received your first dose on or after Feb. 25

Beginning Feb. 25, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is automatically scheduling second dose appointments exactly three weeks after the first vaccine at the same time and location. You will no longer need to go online and make a second dose appointment.

If you need assistance rescheduling your second dose, please call 913-715-2819. Please bring your “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” with you to your second dose appointment.

If you received your first dose before Feb. 25

If you received your first dose before Feb. 25, a few days before your second dose due date, we will send you an email with information about how to schedule your second dose appointment. If you do not receive an email from us, check your spam/junk folder or contact us at [email protected]. If you do not have internet access or need assistance scheduling your appointment, call 913-715-2819, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Available second dose appointments will be titled with “2ND DOSE.” And the name of the brand (Pfizer or Moderna) will be listed in the appointment name. These appointments are reserved for those who received their first dose of vaccine from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

Your second dose of vaccine is due on or after the due date on the back of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

You should get the second dose from the same provider who gave you the first dose. If this is not possible, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate your circumstances. Please bring your “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” with you to your second dose appointment.

Ideally, you want to get the second dose within a few days of the due date, but current CDC recommendations say you can get the second dose up to 42 days after your first dose if vaccine supplies are limited. If you cannot get vaccinated during that time frame, get the second dose at your earliest convenience so you are fully protected. You will not be required to restart the vaccine series no matter the length of time between the first and second dose.

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Questions or concerns?

If you have questions about Johnson County’s public health order or to report a concern about a violation, email [email protected].

If you have virus-related questions, call the Johnson County Community COVID-19 Hotline. You can also call this number if you need a safe place to quarantine or isolate.

Staffed by public health professionals.
913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Child care licensing COVID-19 hotline

913-477-8361
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.