STILL IN VACCINATING PHASE 2

By William

MCPHERSON – As of a media release on Tuesday, March 16, the McPherson County Health Department announces that McPherson County is still ‘Vaccinating Phase 2’.

Individuals in these categories can contact their primary care provider to be vaccinated or call the McPherson County Health Department to schedule one at 620-241-1753.

The categories are:

  • Individuals 65+ years old, healthcare associated workers, K-12 Staff members, childcare providers, disability service staff, homeless shelters, higher education staff, United State Postal Service workers, public transportation workers, food processing workers, agriculture workers, Department of Motor Vehicle workers, public city and county office workers, water/wastewater workers, and retail/restaurant/grocery workers.

Beginning Monday, March 22, 2021 – McPherson County will also begin to vaccinate Phase 3 and Phase 4 groups as well.

Please DO NOT CALL prior to Monday to schedule as we are still working in Phase 2 until then.

Providers in the county that have received vaccines from the McPherson County Health Department will continue to do so and will also more to the next phase.

Individuals should contact their healthcare provider or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753.

Employers may email machd@mcpcoks.us to discuss vaccinating their business.

Phase 3 and Phase 4 groups include:

  • Individuals aged 16-64 (16-17 year old’s can only receive the Pfizer vaccine) with the following medical risks = cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), down syndrome, heart conditions, organ transplant recipients, diabetes mellitus, sickle cell disease, pregnant patients (should discuss with healthcare provider), asthma, cerebrovascular disease, immunocompromised state, neurologic conditions, liver disease, pulmonary fibrosis, thalassemia, and obesity.
  • Critical manufacturing workers that perform indoors.
  • Utility workers.
  • Social Service and Government workers.
  • Logistics workers, such as truck transportation and couriers.
  • Shelter, housing, and construction workers.
  • Finance workers.
  • Information technology and communications workers.

Update on ISOLATION and QUARANTINE:

  • If you are exposed to someone with suspect or confirmed COVID-19/Coronavirus, you are not required to quarantine if you meet all of the following points:
  • 1. – If you have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19/Coronavirus vaccine for at least two (2) weeks (2 weeks after the second dose of the 2-dose series like Moderna or Pfizer, or 2-weeks after the first dose in a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson).
  • 2. – If you are within 6 months of receiving your last dose in the vaccine series.
  • 3. – If you are not having any symptoms since the identified COVID-19/Coronavirus exposure.
  • If you DO NOT MEET ALL of the above points, you should follow normal quarantine guidance, which includes a 10-day quarantine from date of exposure.
  • If you MEET ALL of the above points but then become symptomatic, you should immediately isolate and see PCR or antigen COVID-19/Coronavirus testing.
  • Vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings/long term care facilities are exempt from this fully vaccinated exemption due to unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with distancing in these settings.

The McPherson County Health Department recommends that McPherson County practice Phase 3 REOPENING PLANS beginning February 10, 2021 and will be received March 23, 2021.

Phase 3 limits gatherings to 45 individuals when 6-foot distancing is not maintained. More information on Phase 3 plans can be found on the McPherson County website, www.mcphersoncountyks.us.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department continue to mandate a 10-day quarantine for Kansans if you have done any of the following:

  • Traveled on or after March 12 to New Jersey or New York.
  • Traveled on or after March 12 to the States of Palestine or Estonia.
  • Traveled on or after February 26 to the countries of Mayotte, Czechia, San Marino, Montenegro, or Seychelles.
  • Attended/Traveled to a mass gathering event out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals did not keep a 6-foot distance and wear masks.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.

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