Emma Alderman | news editor
With Kansas lessening the restrictions on who can get the COVID-19 vaccine many students may be wondering how they can get it.
Currently Wabaunsee County is in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan which means any person over the age of 18 who wants the vaccine can get it. So far all the people who are 65 years old and older and wanted the vaccine have gotten it.
“The reports are very promising so we should see the age lowered sometime soon. As soon as we get the OK we’ll move into doing younger than 18 year olds with parental approval. I hope we will be able to announce this soon,” said County Health Administrator, Ray Finley.
One of the vaccines, the Pfizer, is available for people who are 16 or 17 to get but Wabaunsee County has not received any shipments of it from the state. A couple WHS students who are eighteen or older have been able to get the vaccine in the county, such as senior Madisyn Wertzberger.
“I got the vaccine because the rest of my family got it and I wanted to keep them safe,” Wertzberger said.
Other options of getting the vaccine for students under 18 is to look at different clinics outside the county or talk to your family’s health care provider. Brady Bayless, a junior at WHS, got his first COVID-19 shot at Stormont Vail.
If someone wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Wabaunsee County they need to make an appointment either by calling the district office or going to the Wabaunsee County website. This is due to the vaccine being contained in multiple dose vials and only able to be used within 6 hours or it no longer works.