KANSAS CITY METRO — As pharmaceutical companies race to pump out COVID-19 vaccinations, municipalities across the Kansas City metro are trying to figure out how to distribute their limited supplies of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.
Some have created surveys to help the rollout process, while others must decide internally how to distribute inoculations.
Here’s what Kansas City area residents need to know about how to get a vaccine in their area. Local governments are sorted by state in alphabetical order. (Click here to scroll to Kansas)
The state of Missouri has released a COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan consisting of three primary phases, with Phase 1 having sub-phases A and B. Phase 1B also includes three tiers.
Gov. Mike Parson previously said the state may be finished with 1A, which consists of health care workers and those who live and work in long-term care facilities, by the end of January. But as of mid-February, Missouri has not given any update about the status of this first phase.
On Jan. 15, the state began Phase 1B-Tier 1, which includes public health staff, law enforcement, fire crews and other emergency services employees. The state also activated Phase 1B-Tier 2 on Jan. 18, which includes those 65 and over and high-risk individuals with cancer, heart conditions, severe obesity and more.
On Jan. 20, Gov. Mike Parson announced that the National Guard will be deployed to help with vaccine distribution. The guard has been working with the state health department to hold mass vaccination events across the state.
Additionally, Missouri has focused on distributing the majority of its vaccine allotment to select, major hospitals across the state. Get in contact with hospitals in your area to see if they’re a provider.
In February, Parson’s administration also announced a new online vaccine registry. At the end, each person who registers will be told which Missouri phase and tier they will qualify for a vaccine.
Parson said each person who registers will be notified when the state begins vaccinating for their particular group and get alerts on events in their area.
Bates County has started a wait list for residents wanting to get vaccinated. Call the Bates County Health Center at 660-679-6108 to add your name. When the county receives vaccine shipments, officials will call to set up an appointment.
Caldwell County is working to vaccinate people who qualify for for Missouri’s current activated phases and tiers. It also launched this survey site to collect information from people who are interested in a vaccine. It’s asking people to sign up through the survey instead of calling the county health department.
The Cass County Health Department created a survey for those who want to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The survey asks for name, age, location, demographic, medical information and more.
The county will use the provided information to contact residents when it is their turn. Right now there is limited vaccine supply available. But health officials said they will contact people who’ve filled out the survey directly with information about where and when to get an appointment.
Clay County Public Health has been administering COVID-19 vaccinations since early January and is collecting information from people who are interested in getting their doses. The information provided through this form with allow the county to contact you to let you know when you are eligible to be vaccinated.
The health department, North Kansas City Hospital, Liberty Hospital, Cerner Corporation and the cities of Clay County have formed a coalition called Operation Safe to hold mass vaccination events at Cerner’s headquarters in the Northland.
All Missouri residents who are in one of the state’s activated phases/tiers are eligible to sign up via Clay County’s interest form linked above. Operation Safe will send invitations based phases/tiers and in the order in which forms were submitted.
More information can be found on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine website.
The Clinton County Health Department has started vaccinating residents in Missouri’s activated phases and tiers as supply allows.
Health officials are asking anyone who wants a COVID vaccine to register on the state’s new vaccination site — even if they have already registered with Clinton County — to be notified of any clinics or vaccination events in the area.
Henry County’s health department is now vaccinating residents as supply is available, but as of Feb. 18, officials said they will be holding second dose appointments at the end of the month, but will not receive anymore first doses for at least a month.
Health officials are encouraging residents to stay in contact with the local contact and/or pharmacies to check for more vaccine availability.
If you’d like to get on the health department’s list, they’ve set up a phone to take your information when more vaccine is available. Call or text 660-492-6605 and leave a message. Make sure the message includes your name, phone number and what tier you qualify to get a vaccine.
Independence, which has its own health department separate from Jackson County, does not have an individual survey or form as of Feb. 22. They are encouraging residents to fill out other lists in the area, including Jackson County’s list, linked below, and the state of Missouri’s.
You can find the latest COVID-19 vaccine information from Independence here.
Jackson County officials have asked all residents to fill out a COVID-19 vaccine survey, provided by the health department. The survey asks for contact information, occupation, and pre-existing medical conditions.
Officials will contact those who participate when it is their time to get inoculated; however, the Jackson County health department has said their supply is extremely low. Several hospitals and pharmacies in the county are vaccinating those eligible.
Johnson County has created a public survey for those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or for those who want updates about availability.
The county is currently vaccinating those who qualify for Phase 1B-Tiers 1 and 2. To see when registration for an upcoming clinic is open and to sign up for updates, visit the county’s health department.
Kansas City officials have created an online survey for patient-facing healthcare professionals who have not yet received the vaccine. The survey will ask which organization you work for, your type of practice and more.
As vaccines are available, the KC Health Department or another provider will use the information provided to contact you with more instructions on how to schedule a vaccine appointment.
If you don’t have access to the internet, call 311 or 816-513-1313. When prompted press 3 and then 1. If you can complete the form online, please do so. It is available in English and Spanish.
Lafayette County is now accepting sign-ups for the COVID-19 vaccine. The online form asks for contact information, name, birthday and other personal information. Filling out the form does not guarantee an appointment or confirm your request for a vaccine.
Supply remains extremely limited in Lafayette County, but health officials are vaccinating as they are able. The health department suggests trying to get a vaccine through a local hospital or pharmacy if it’s available.
The Platte County Health Department has been receiving a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. People living in Platte County, outside of Kansas City, are asked to complete a brief survey. The health department will use information to contact you with instructions about how to schedule an appointment as supply is available.
Residents are also encouraged to fill out Clay County’s form to potentially get an appointment at the mass vaccination events being held at Cerner headquarters, Missouri’s vaccine registration and check with local hospitals and pharmacies.
A Ray County health care provider received a very small shipment of vaccines at the end of January, but all those doses have been used as of mid-February. To be added to the health department’s waitlist, call 816-776-5413. Residents are also encouraged to check with local health care providers.
Kansas has released a vaccine rollout plan that details five primary phases, starting with healthcare workers and those living and working in long-term care facilities. Kansas entered Phase 2 on Thursday, Jan. 21, making approximately 1 million Kansans eligible to get the vaccine.
However, with limited supply from the federal government, she’s asking residents to be patient and contact their local health department if they are included in Phase 1 or 2 of the state’s plan and want to receive a vaccine.
The state has now produced a ‘Find My Vaccine’ tool, which shows Kansans where to get COVID-19 shots.
Find more information about the state’s plan on the Kansas vaccine website.
Douglas County is asking residents who are interested getting the vaccine to fill out this survey. You can also check online to see if you’ve filled out the survey correctly.
Any residents who need assistance filling out the form can call the Senior Resource Center for
Douglas County at 785-842-0543 and leave a message. Staff will return calls during business
hours as quickly as they can in the order calls are received.
County leaders are currently vaccinating hundreds of residents that fall into Phase 2 of Kansas’ COVID-19 vaccine plan.
You can also register for alerts at dgcoks.org/emalerts to be notified of enrollment for future ones.
Franklin County is asking anyone living there who would like to be added to the COVID-19 vaccination list to call (785) 229-3531.
Officials with Jefferson County are encouraging residents to call the health department at 785-403-0025. Choose option #6 to be added to the appropriate waitlist based on rollout priority determined by state and federal officials. The health department asks that you leave only one message.
Johnson County will enter Phase 2 January 25. The county is asking anyone who wants a vaccine in Phase 2 of Kansas’ rollout plan to take a survey. The survey will allow officials to contact residents when vaccination appointments are available. You can also call 913-715-2819 for help if you meet criteria for Phase 2 Tier 1.
More than 150,000 people living in Johnson County qualify for a vaccine under Phase 2. Right now there is not enough vaccine for everyone. The county health department is working with hospitals to set up vaccination sites across the county.
Vaccines will be given Tuesday-Friday, but appointments will be needed.
Hospitals have started notifying people who qualify for a vaccine under the plan. People will continue to be notified as vaccine becomes available. Health leaders warn it is going to take weeks, possibly months, to vaccinate everyone.
Other announcements will be made on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage. Residents can sign up for the county’s newsletter there.
The Leavenworth County Health Department has released information about how it plans to vaccinate thousands of people.
Leavenworth County hasn’t received doses for public vaccinations. When it does, it will use information collected through the survey to contact people. At that time the health department will give further instructions on how to schedule and appointment for a vaccination.
The health department asked for the public to refrain from calling to ask about vaccine availability. There are not enough employees to return calls regarding the status of the survey.
Linn County is collecting information from people 65 and older who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. You will find an interest form to fill out online. By completing the form, you indicate that you would like to be contacted by the health department if a vaccine becomes available for you. It does not guarantee you will receive the vaccine from the Linn County Health Department.
If you have questions, email email@example.com. The health department can be reached by phone at 913-352-6640 if you know someone who does not have internet access.
Miami County is scheduling appointments for people who qualify for vaccinations under phase 2.
To make an appointment, please call our main line at 913-294-2431. Once all appointment slots are filled for the upcoming clinics, scheduling will be closed until additional time slots are made available with additional receipt of vaccine.
Each person must have an appointment to receive a vaccination, and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Miami County Health Department adds information to its Facebook page. That includes information on whether it has a a stand-by list on the days it holds mass vaccination clinics.
The Health Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas has provided a survey for anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Answers will help officials determine how many residents are in population groups defined by the vaccine rollout plan. The survey requires your name, location, personal health and living information and more.
The Health Department says it’s now scheduling seniors age 65 and older who live in the County. The highest priority will be given to seniors who live in zip codes 66101, 66102, and 66105, to help make vaccine distribution more equitable and help prioritize vaccines for residents at higher risk of exposure to the virus and serious illness or death from COVID-19.
If you do not have internet access, the Health Department says you can call 311. An operator will put your information into the survey for you. Operators are also bilingual.