McPherson County moving on to vaccination phases 3 and 4

C. Jayden Smith
McPhersonSentinel

The McPherson County Health Department announced last week that they will join the state of Kansas in moving on to phases three and four of the vaccination process, while still vaccinating phase-two eligible people.  

Beginning Monday, March 22, individuals aged 16-64 with medium to severe medical risks, including cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart conditions, and sickle cell disease, critical manufacturing workers that perform indoors, social service and government workers, finance workers, and others may receive a vaccine.  

Providers that have received the vaccine from MCHD will also move on to phases three and four.  

McPherson County distributed 500 first doses of vaccines last week. 

In conjunction with the KDHE guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if exposed to someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. 

The qualifications to be fully vaccinated include having taken the second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks earlier, or being within six months of taking the last dose of a vaccine series, or having no symptoms since the last COVID-19 exposure.  

Vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings or long-term care facilities are ineligible for the fully vaccinated exemption due to the unknown vaccine effectiveness in this populations, higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges of social distancing, according to the MCHD.  

Additionally, there is a 10-day mandate for individuals to quarantine if they traveled to New Jersey, New York, Palestine, or Estonia on or after March 12, as well as traveling to Mayotte, Czechia, San Marino, Montenegro, or Seychelles on or after Feb. 26.  

Individuals that attended a mass gathering out-of-state of 500 or more where individuals did not practice social distancing and wear masks or traveled on a river ship or cruise must quarantine as well.  

Visit www.kansasvaccine.gov for more information.