Anyone can request a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Shawnee County. Here is how you do it.

Blaise Mesa
Topeka Capital-Journal
The Shawnee County Health Department has a way for anyone to request a vaccine clinic.

To combat a lack of access to vaccines, the Shawnee County Health Department has introduced a vaccine clinic request form.

“We want that opportunity for people to make vaccine available where they think it can be most important,” Derik Flerlage, infectious disease division manager at the Shawnee County Health Department, told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “They know their neighborhoods the best.”

The clinic request form is available on the county’s website.

How long does it take to complete the vaccine clinic request form?

The form is 10 questions long and asks for a preferred vaccine, location of a potential clinic, the number of people who could be involved and how it could address issues of vaccine equity.

Flerlage presented the new form to the Shawnee County Commission at Monday’s meeting, and said these questions help the department determine if it is feasible to host a clinic.

“Oftentimes, we have clinics that are going on, so we always try to adjust and adapt and work with individuals on what their request is,” he said. “It’s really a more streamlined version and way for them to do so.”

The site had a soft launch on Friday before Monday’s presentation. Those with questions about how to fill out the form can email COVIDVaccine@snco.us.

Why is the health department encouraging people to get vaccinated?

The Capital-Journal reported July 10 that 86% of the county’s COVID-19 cases in June were in people who were unvaccinated. Flerlage said he isn’t aware of any serious side effects to the vaccine. Shawnee County has seen 64 breakthrough cases of COVID-19, or people infected after being vaccinated, from the start of vaccine availability until July 7. 

The vaccine clinic request form also has informational material from the health department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for anyone with vaccine-related questions.