Dec 06, 2021 5:13 PM

Reno Co. Health Dept.: Nearly 2,000 boosters given thus far

Posted Dec 06, 2021 5:13 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Demand has been strong for booster shots in Reno County after the CDC said almost every adult needs one after six months past their initial doses.

"Since that determination came down, we've been giving quite a bit of booster shots," said Karla Nichols with the Reno County Health Department.

According to Nichols, they have given 1864 boosters total to this point. Boosters increase the antibody response, helping to protect from serious illness, even as the virus mutates.

The Reno County Health Department is administering vaccines during their normal operating hours. Walk-ins are accepted for those age 12 and over. Appointments are required for children aged 5-11. Call 620-694-2900 and select option 6 for scheduling. The vaccine is free to any Reno County resident, regardless of citizen status or insurance. Flu shots can also be administered at the same time as a COVID vaccine.

The Health Department is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:30am to noon, and 1 to 6pm, and Wednesday from 9am to noon and 1 to 6pm. To view vaccine availability at other sites, visit www.vaccines.gov. For a ride to one of the vaccine sites, call RCAT at 620-694-2913.