The Harvey County Health Department and Health Ministries have partnered to begin scheduling and conducting COVID-19 vaccinations for Harvey County residents 65 years old and older.

The organizations will operate a local call center to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for those in the 65-and-older demographic.

Call takers will be available to receive phone calls beginning Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. The phone number for the call center is 316-836-4990.

The call center will schedule appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine point of dispensing (POD) to be held Thursday, Feb. 4. Vaccinations at the POD will be by appointment only. Additional PODs will be scheduled in the future.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work together to coordinate vaccine delivery to an important, at-risk demographic," said Health Ministries CEO Matt Schmidt. "These vaccinations are an important step toward protecting the health of our senior citizens in Harvey County."

After appointments have been filled for Feb. 4, call takers will continue to receive calls to establish a waiting list for those 65 and older. Health representatives will call individuals on the waiting list to schedule future appointments as additional vaccine becomes available.

The call center will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the immediate future.

"The State's Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination Plan encompasses a large population. Right now, our focus is on life safety professionals and vulnerable populations," said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. "Every vaccination is monumental in fighting COVID-19."

Individuals that have scheduled an appointment with the Health Department for a COVID-19 vaccination can fill out the following COVID-19 vaccine consent form to bring to your appointment. The forms will also be available at your appointment:

Additional information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.

(Updated Jan. 27, 2021)