OLATHE, Can. – Johnson County Health Department is considering a change in tactics to get more vaccinations against COVID-19.
Health leaders in the county said about 20% of the population had been vaccinated. If you look only at those aged 16 and over who live in the county and qualify for the vaccine, the percentage jumps to about 25%.
“We’re not where we need to be,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Health Department.
We need to reach an immunization rate of 75% before we can see the benefits of the population’s immunity, experts said on Facebook Live Thursday.
But Johnson County is struggling to fill appointments at its mass clinic. The health department still has commitments for this week and next week. Therefore, the health department is considering changing the types of vaccination clinics it offers.
“It is possible that the need for mass vaccination clinics, where we plan to vaccinate 3,000 people, will decrease and return to the way we usually distribute the slower-acting flu vaccine, doctors and pharmacies,”
The health department also said it had begun to notice hesitation among the unvaccinated population. Areola said the health department is now working on a different strategy to allay the concerns of those who have not yet agreed to receive the vaccine.
“We will adjust our approach to when we will manage clinics based on demand. But then we will be in the community. We will go to churches, we will go to places where there are people and we will vaccinate them and that has not changed, “Areola said.
Johnson County said it also began planning appointments two weeks in advance to help people plan better. You can schedule an appointment online. They are open to anyone aged 16 and over who lives or works in Kansas.
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