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Posted on: October 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Get Updated COVID and Seasonal Vaccinations at RCHD

boxes of vaccine vials on a refrigerator shelf

(10/31/2023) Updated COVID vaccinations are now available at the Riley County Health Department’s Public Health Clinic, located at 2030 Tecumseh Road in Manhattan. Walk-in visits are welcome, or people can call (785) 776-4779 ext. 7675 to schedule appointments ahead of time. 

"Our latest shipment of COVID vaccines has arrived for those ages six months and older. We will begin immunizing at noon today; no appointment is required," said RCHD Public Health Clinic Supervisor Dr. Jacob Clarke, MD. 

Riley County Public Health Clinic Hours:

  • Mon-Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thurs: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Fri: 8:30 - 11 a.m.

“We offer flu, COVID, and RSV vaccines to battle seasonal respiratory viruses. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID this fall and winter. People aged 65 and older should also consider getting their pneumonia vaccine if they are not up to date. Likewise, those who are 60 and older will be eligible for the new RSV vaccine,” explained Health Department Director Julie Gibbs.

Most Americans can still get a COVID vaccine for free. For people with health insurance, most plans will cover COVID vaccine at no cost to the patient. There will be zero out-of-pocket costs for those insured by plans that cover vaccines and are contracted with RCHD. RCHD contracts with most major insurers in the region, but RCHD does NOT contract with Ambetter, Cigna, ChampVA, and TRICARE Prime.

Those without health insurance will be eligible for free or reduced-cost vaccinations.

Please bring your ID and, if insured, please verify your coverage and bring your insurance card when arriving for a vaccine. 

“Vaccinations are still the best way to prevent serious illness associated with seasonal viruses. Vaccines not only protect the recipient, but also prevent the spread of viruses in the community,” said Gibbs.

Find more information about vaccinations and other health department services at www.rileycountyks.gov/health

The mission of the Riley County Health Department is to promote and protect the health and safety of our community through evidence-based practices, prevention, and education.

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