Johnson County outlines plan for Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Will move into Phase 2 next week
Johnson County Health Department
Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 19:37:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County will move into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution process beginning next week, according to county's health department.

Phase 2 will be rolled out in different tiers, similar to what Missouri is doing.

However, as Kansas and Johnson County health officials continue to vaccinate people as part of Phase 1 of the distribution plan, the director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Dr. Sanmi Areola, said it could be a while before Phase 2 inoculations are complete.

Areola estimated there are 150,000 people in the county who qualify to be vaccinated in Phase 2, including 95,000 residents 65 years old or older.

"This is a very very large group," Areola said. "It's very important for us to understand that it will take a while for us to get through this."

People who qualify to be vaccinated in Tier 1 of Phase 2 include all unvaccinated people from Phase 1; people age 65 and over; and people in K-12 schools, including teachers, drivers and custodians. Tier 1 also will include emergency services workers, like police officers and fire fighters.

Tier 2 of Phase 2 will include people from previous phases; workers in transportation and logistics, which includes warehouses and large-scale manufacturing plants; and bus and transportation workers. This includes ride-share service, bus and taxi drivers.

Johnson County also will prioritize people in high congregate living settings in tier 2.

Tier 3 of Phase 2 includes water and waste workers, postal workers as well as Department of Motor Vehicle employees along with workers from retail, warehouses and sales outlets.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly posted a list of groupings for the phased vaccination plan on her website.

Johnson County will offer vaccinations for people in Phase 2 at the department from Tuesday to Friday. Residents should fill out a vaccine interest form, which does not create an appointment nor does it reserve a vaccine but should provide further instructions.

The county also will partner with health systems in the area.