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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: January 26, 2021

1/26/21 UPDATE: Vaccination Protocol for those 65 and older

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – January 26, 2021) Like everyone else, the pandemic is new for Riley County. Last week we started the Phase 2 process by vaccinating everyone 65 and older on a first-come-first-served basis, using the order in which they registered. After careful consideration, we have decided it would be better for our most vulnerable population, if we prioritize those who have severe medical conditions.

For the next rounds of vaccines, people 65 and older with severe medical conditions (*please see list below) will be the first priority. People in that age group who do not have qualifying medical conditions will get their vaccines according to the order in which they signed up.

Please note at no point in time have we randomly chosen who will be vaccinated.

To date, more than 10,000 people have registered to receive the vaccine. We encourage those who have not to do so. You can sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine at www.RileyCountyKS.gov/VaccineRequest or call Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: (785) 565-6560. Each individual needs to register. Please be patient as we are experiencing a high volume of requests.

 Phase 1 includes:

  • Healthcare workers

  • Long Term Care Facilities

  • Emergency Medical Services

 Phase 2 includes:

  • Adults 65 and Older

  • First Responders

  • K-12 Teachers and Staff

  • Licensed Child Care, Preschools, After School Care, Child Care Licensing Staff

  • Emergency Shelter and Domestic Violence Homes, Adult Group Care Homes, Residential Treatment Centers, Adult, and Child Protective Services
     

We ask that you all be patient with us as we work to figure out the best processes for our community.  

*Cancer, chronic kidney disease, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, down syndrome, heart conditions such as cardiomyopathies, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sickle cell disease, pregnant, asthma - moderate to severe, cerebrovascular disease - affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain, cystic fibrosis, immunocompromised state - weakened immune system from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, neurologic conditions such as dementia, liver disease, pulmonary fibrosis - have damaged or scarred lung tissues, thalassemia - a type of blood disorder, type 1 diabetes mellitus

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