Harvey County is up to 31.85% of its population having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re looking good compared to our neighbors around us,” Harvey County Health Department Director Lynette Redington said.
That shakes out to 10,965 people. Around 13,000 more residents need to be vaccinated for the county to hit a 70% vaccination threshold, which has been estimated as the amount necessary to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 (make it unable to spread).
As a whole, 26.7% of Kansans have received the vaccine.
The good news comes on the heels of a large study of medical professionals who received the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines from December of 2020 to March of 2021.
The study by the Centers for Disease Control found that the vaccine decreased the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 90% after a full set of doses and 80% two weeks after the first dose.
The study presents a large real-world example of the effectiveness of the vaccines.
If you want a COVID-19 vaccine, they are available. Now all Kansans over the age of 16 can get vaccinated.
“We need to have our residents take charge and go get it,” Redington said.
The Harvey County Health Department, medical providers and pharmacies are hosting a variety of vaccination clinics in the upcoming week.
On Thursday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., a clinic will take place at the Harvey County Health Department. On Friday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a clinic will take place at the Chisholm Trail Outlet Mall. Both clinics are available by appointment. Appointments for both can be made by following the links at https://www.harveycounty.com/covid19vaccine.
If you are unable to make an appointment online for either clinic, contact 316-836-4990 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hesston Pharmacy, 101 South Main Street, Hesston, and Harvey Drug, 115 West 5th Street, Newton, both offer in person vaccinations at the locations.
Visit https://www.harveydrug.com/ or https://www.hesstonpharmacy.com/ to make an appointment.
The stores are owned by the same person, and the group will also be operating a walk up (no appointment necessary) vaccination clinic in Halstead on Friday, April 2, at Halstead City Hall.
Walmart, Dillons and Walgreens also offer the ability to schedule vaccinations.
The easiest way to get to the sign up sheets for these locations is visiting Harvey County’s vaccination resource at https://www.harveycounty.com/covid19vaccine.
You can also use the Centers for Disease Control vaccine finder tool for help finding in-stock vaccine locations. The tool is found at https://vaccinefinder.org/search/.
On the COVID-19 end, the county saw its active cases move up to 36 this week, an increase of 13 from last week.
The percent positive of people getting tested increased from 4.4% to 6.7%.
Redington said that it was possible Spring Break as well as increased sports participation by younger individuals was partially responsible for the increase.
“I would just say it’s not time yet for us to fully disengage in all that we have done,” she said. “Keep distancing, keep your mask on and find a way to get vaccinated.”