Mar 17, 2021 1:17 PM

Vaccine amounts still not known very far in advance

Posted Mar 17, 2021 1:17 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Even though Reno County has been doing a good job of getting vaccine distributed thus far, they still aren't finding out much ahead of time how much vaccine they are getting week to week.

"We learn about things usually the week before, or a couple days before and that's the difficulty in planning," said Karla Nichols with the Reno County Health Department. "We've only been getting the Moderna vaccine at this point and so that's what we're using. When we get the Moderna, we usually get like 1200 doses."

Those with pre-existing conditions will not have to provide proof at this point.

"We really don't want barriers," said Karen Hammersmith with the Health Department. "Then you're trying to get into different ways of identifying people that way. You just have to self-identify that you have some of those pre-existing conditions, you know, hypertension, diabetes, asthma. All of those things can turn into a problem."

There is no word at this point if the Reno County Health Department will get any of the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine, right now they are planning based just on the Moderna numbers they have been getting.