KANSAS CITY METRO — As pharmaceutical companies race to pump out COVID-19 vaccinations, municipalities across the 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 metro 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 has said the state may be finished with 1A, which consists of healthcare workers and those who live and work in long-term care facilities, by the end of January.
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 will also activate 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.
Bates County does not have a signup for the vaccine as of Jan. 12. Officials with the county told FOX4 that the health department is still waiting for vaccine approval.
Both Bates County Health Center & Bates County Memorial Hospital have signed up to be a vaccine locations and have ordered vaccine, but we do not know when it will arrive. Neither facility have the appropriate, ultra-cold storage for the Pfizer vaccine, and are waiting for our orders of the Moderna vaccine – like most rural areas – that only require refrigeration.
They will make an announcement when they are able to start inoculations. Until that time the heath department does not have a waiting list.
Caldwell County is working to vaccinate people who qualify for tier 1A. 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 county’s health department says when it is ready to move to the next group of people, it will publish dates and times for vaccination clinics in the newspaper, on Facebook and put fliers in grocery stores and post offices.
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 it does not have vaccine available. The county says it will begin contacting people who’ve filled out the survey directly with information about where and when to get an appointment.
Clay County Public Health has started vaccinations against COVID-19, and is now collecting information from people who are interested in getting vaccinated. The information provided through this form with allow the county to contact you to let you know when you are eligible to be vaccinated.
Filling out the form does not guarantee you will receive a COVID-19 vaccination from the Clay County Health Department. The health department says to continue to be on the try to get vaccinated through your doctor, another health care provider, a mass vaccination clinic, a retail pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens or through your employer.
Liberty Hospital also says it is working on setting up a mass vaccination site in the coming weeks.
More information can be found on the county’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage.
The Clinton County Health Department says it is contacting employers directly as they vaccinate people in tier 1A. There is a questionnaire on the department’s website for anyone who is interested in getting a vaccine.
It’s expected that there will be multiple places to get a vaccine when the county moves to tier 1B. It says to stay connected to social media and TV to learn when Clinton County moves to the next phase of vaccinating people. At this point the health department says it does not have vaccine and doesn’t know when it will be available for the public.
The Henry County Health Center has not received COVID-19 Vaccine at this time. It is encouraging people to get a vaccine through a health care provider or pharmacy that has the vaccine in stock.
If you meet Phase 1B — Tier 2 criteria, the health department set up a hotline to take your information when 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.
They expect to receive vaccine in the first part of February.
The City of Independence released this statement to FOX4: “The City of Independence Health Department will provide sign-up opportunities when vaccines are available. Individuals will be asked to provide basic information, much like those asked by the County, and verify they are in the appropriate phase of distribution. We do not plan a survey at this time.”
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.
Johnson County has created a public survey for those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or for those who just want updates about availability. It’s available on the county’s health department website.
The county is finalizing plans for the first round of large vaccination clinics for people 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, Missouri, officials have created an online survey for patient-facing healthcare professionals who have not yet received the vaccine. Officials told FOX4 that vaccine supply is still very limited.
The survey will ask which organization you work for, your type of practice and more.
The city has also created an online survey for KC residents interested in getting a COVID vaccine.
As the vaccine becomes more available to the public, 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.
Mayor Quinton Lucas said this survey does not guarantee you a vaccine or a spot in line, but based on availability and distribution priorities, it will help the city identify residents at risk.
If you don’t have access to the internet, call the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department at (816) 513-6152. Someone there will be able to help you.
Lafayette County is now accepting sign-up 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.
Vaccine supply remains extremely limited in Lafayette County as of Jan. 21. The health department suggests trying to get a vaccine through your doctor or pharmacy if it is available.
The Platte County Health Department does not have vaccine as of Jan. 21, but says that can change with little advance notice. People living in Platte Co., outside of Kansas City, are asked to complete a brief survey. The Platte County Health Department will use information from the survey to contact you with instructions about how to schedule an appointment.
The Ray County Health Department says it’s been approved as a vaccinator, but has not received any COVID-10 vaccine. Anyone who is interested in being vaccinated and meet criteria for Missouri’s Phase 1A, Phase 1B-Tier 1, or Phase 1B-Tier 2 call 816-776-5413 to be placed on a waiting list.
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. Other residents age 65 and older will be eligible in Phase 2.
Gov. Laura Kelly said Kansas will enter Phase 2 on Thursday, Jan. 20, 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.
Find more information about the state’s plan on the Kansas vaccine website.
Douglas County leaders have released plans to start vaccinating hundreds of residents now that Kansas is entering Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine plan.
The county will hold its first public vaccine clinic on Jan. 29 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. It will be limited to those 65 and older by appointment only. Those residents can schedule an appointment online and enter the code “2ndphase1stdose” to secure their spot.
For those who aren’t able to schedule an appointment to this first clinic on Jan. 29, register for alerts at dgcoks.org/emalerts to be notified of enrollment for future ones.
Douglas County leaders are also working with organizations who employ critical workers, such as teachers, to determine how to deliver vaccinations to these groups when more doses are available.
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. They will be added to a waitlist based on rollout priority determined by state and federal officials.
Johnson County does not have public signup for vaccinations. However, 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.
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 will begin scheduling appointments for people who qualify for vaccinations under phase 2 on Jan. 25.
Each person must have an appointment to receive a vaccination. The county health department has a vaccination scheduling line and will start taking appointments at 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 25. To make an appointment, call 913-755-5185.If there are no appointments available, the phone will be turned off temporarily and resumed when additional appointments become available.
Appointments are on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is not a “wait list” at this time.
The county has about 400 vaccine doses available. If it receives more vaccine before the clinic dates, additional appointment times will be added.
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.
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.