COVID-19 vaccinations: Questions answered by Kansas City metro health officials

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 19:51:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Navigating through all the vaccine phases and the latest COVID-19 information can be a lot to take in.

Many people have questions on the vaccine roll out or where to sign up.

41 Action News spoke to health officials from the Kansas City metro to answer some of those questions.

If someone receives the vaccine, can they still spread the virus?

Dr. Nathan Boehr from the University of Kansas Health System answered that question during a daily briefing.

"We don't know how effective it will be in preventing transmission, and i think the likelihood that it does to some degree is pretty good. I think it would be very unlikely that it does not prevent any transmission to what degree that's helpful we don't know."

As Kansas moves into Phase 2 of it's distribution process demand for the vaccine is soaring.

How do counties determine who get's the vaccine first?

Both Wyandotte and Johnson counties have different strategies.

"We in Wyandotte County will be prioritizing public safety, K-12 and child care workers, public transit, DMV, our postal service and then lastly our food service and food processing as one large group," Juliann Van Liew, Director of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and KCK Public Health, said.

"In tier one we have those that are 65 or older. If you follow that data over time, more of the serious adverse consequences have occurred in our older population but that makes sense," Dr. Sanmi Areola, Director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, said.

If someone doesn't have internet access, how can they sign up?

Van Liew told 41 Action News people should call the 311 hot line and someone can fill out a form for them.

Health leaders caution they don't know exactly how many vaccines will arrive next week so they urge patience.

Most metro counties have a portal where you can sign up to receive the vaccine or learn more information.

41 Action News has put together a story containing information about the vaccine.