Jan 21, 2021 7:49 PM

RCMC gives vaccination update

Posted Jan 21, 2021 7:49 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Health Department, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson Clinic, and Prairie Star Health Center are starting to administer the second dose of the vaccine to health care workers and others identified in Phase One of the Kansas Vaccination Plan.

The RCMC received approval from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to proceed into Phase Two beginning Thursday.

Following guidance and recommendations of the Reno County Medical Collaborative (RCMC), three phase subsets have been identified for dispensing the initial allocations of vaccine:

     2a: Persons Aged 65+ (12,331 individuals)

     2b: Persons in Group Quarters/Congregate Living (2,526 individuals)

     2c: High-Contact Critical Workers (7,117 individuals)

Five hundred doses have been received this week. Because of the limited supply, the John Hopkins risk score, along with the stringent advice of clinicians, are being utilized to identify those at highest risk. Of those high-risk individuals, 500 have been identified to receive the vaccine. Individuals will be contacted by their primary care provider or the Reno County Health Department.

The goal is to efficiently administer all doses received each week. Weekly updates will include vaccine numbers and scheduling information. 

Next week the Reno County Health Department will provide an update regarding online vaccine appointment registration. 

For a definition of “High-Contact Critical Workers” and up-to-date information on the phases, please visit www.renogov.org/773/COVID-19-Vaccinations.