Requests for COVID-19 vaccines overwhelm scheduling system in Kansas county

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PAOLA, Kan. — The Miami County Health Department started scheduling appointments for people who qualify for vaccinations under Phase 2 Monday.

Less than three hours after scheduling began, so many people called the dedicated scheduling line that it overwhelmed the system.

The health department asked people trying to schedule an appointment to call the main line at 913-294-2431.

The county has about 400 vaccine doses available. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and there is not a waitlist at this time.

Once all appointment slots are filled for the upcoming clinics, scheduling will be closed until more time slots are made available with additional receipt of vaccine.

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