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The first priority groups are healthcare workers and long term care facilities. It may take several months to vaccinate the highest priority residents and the general public is expected to have access to vaccines sometime in spring of 2021.
The numbers of people shown for each phase represent estimates; the numbers for each group are not exact.
Yes, but not yet! To help protect our most vulnerable citizens, we are working to include those 65 and older and those with high medical risks regardless of age in later phases (after Phase 1 & 2 but prior to the general public).
At this time, the vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 years and older. Clinical trials did not initially include children and more study is needed to determine effectiveness for children under the age of 16.
The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.
According to the CDC if you have pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
To reduce pain at the site of the shot you can apply a clean, cool and wet washcloth to the area.
Call your doctor or healthcare provider if:
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
When you get your vaccine please be sure to wear a mask and bring a government-issued I.D.
After receiving your vaccination you will receive a card or printout that tells you what vaccine you received, when and where. You will then remain on-site for at least 15 minutes so medical professionals can monitor you for any adverse reactions.
In order for the vaccine to be most effective, you will need to get two shots. According to the CDC it will most likely take one to two weeks after each shot for your body to build protection against COVID-19.
You may experience some side effects from the vaccine. The most common ones include pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.
All but one of the vaccines currently in Phase 3 Clinical Trials require two doses. Generally, two doses are needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19. The first dose “primes” the immune system, helping the body recognized the virus, and the second dose strengthens the immune response.
Yes. Vaccines are the safest medicines used in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.
mRNA vaccines are a new, but not unknown, type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. Instead of using an inactivated germ, mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.
More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both COVID-19 vaccines have shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19. Those vaccines were carefully evaluated in clinical trials and were only approved because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. Getting a vaccine is a safer way to help your body protect you by creating an antibody response without getting sick.
While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing help reduce your chances of being exposed or spreading it to others, these steps are not enough. Getting a vaccine and following the CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection.
Experts believe that getting the vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill if you happen to get COVID-19.
We believe vaccines may be available to the general public sometime in the spring - but we do not know for sure. We receive our vaccines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Riley County is currently vaccinating in Phase 1.
Riley County Vaccine Phases
Yes. The mask order is still in effect in Riley County as well as the City of Manhattan.
CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household. Social distance and good hand hygiene should also continue.
If you have received both doses of the vaccine, it is recommended you continue to wear a mask so you do not risk spreading COVID-19 to those who have not been vaccinated.
Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
There are an estimated 75,000 people in Riley County. The very small amount of vaccines we have received were given to healthcare providers, EMS staff, first responders, some health department staff, and a few critical infrastructure staff who are most at risk for catching or spreading the virus, or are essential for the safety of the community.
As additional shipments are received, Riley County will move through the phases of vaccine priority below and work as quickly as possible to get everyone vaccinated who wishes to be.
If you are interested in receiving the coronavirus vaccine in the future, please go to our website and sign up here: www.rileycountyks.gov/vaccinerequest . Vaccines are not available to the general public right now.
If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and provide your information over the phone: 785-565-6560. If you do not reach someone, please leave a message with your first and last name and phone number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
We are working on this right now. Since we received our first small shipment of the vaccines in December 2020, our planning committee has practiced drive-through and walk-in clinics as training for personnel who will be involved in conducting clinics when vaccines are more widely available. As soon as we know when vaccines are available to the public, we will share information on when and where the vaccine-clinics will be held.