Post Rock and DWD are partnering with the Rooks County Health Department and the Rooks County Health Center to distribute COVID vaccine to our community. The State of Kansas published our state-wide vaccination plan yesterday, and we are preparing together for broad vaccination efforts. We are currently in Phase 1 of the plan and vaccinating healthcare workers (paid and volunteer), residents of long-term care settings (nursing homes and assisted living) and workers critical to the pandemic response. We anticipate moving to Phase 2 in late January or early February, which will include vaccinating people 65 and older, congregate settings, and high-contact critical workers. Phases 3, 4 and 5 will follow and include the rest of our community.
The clinics, hospital and health department are all registered vaccine providers with the state and have a shared secure database of people who wish to receive the vaccine when it becomes available. Any person who is a resident of Rooks County or an established patient of Post Rock is eligible to be listed in the database. When vaccine becomes available, we will work together to distribute the vaccine to the highest-priority patients.
What should I do now?
1. If you have not previously notified Post Rock or the health department of your desire to receive the vaccine, please call us at 785.434.2622 with that information. You will be asked for your occupation (to help us determine essential worker status)
and the best phone number to contact you when a dose becomes available for you.
2. If you have not received your influenza virus vaccine yet this season (on or after 9/1/2020), call us and let us know you want to schedule a nurse visit or drive-by flu vaccine. The worst of this flu season has not yet begun, and protecting yourself now against respiratory disease is important!
3. Share this information with your family, friends and community. If they are not established patients with Post Rock and live in Rooks County, they can call the health department at 785.425.7352 to be added to the registry.
If you have questions about the vaccine, please contact your primary care team for answers; we would love to talk to you. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective, and all of the doctors and nurse practitioners at Post Rock have chosen to receive the vaccine. We are strong advocates and believe vaccination is a path out of the pandemic for our community.