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Posted on: January 16, 2021

Franklin County Administers First Doses to Most Vulnerable Population

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, KS – The Franklin County Health Department has successfully administered 200 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to County residents over the age of 83. The vaccination clinic took place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Ottawa Middle School Gymnasium. Vaccines were administered by appointment only and given to those who had already signed-up through the Health Department. 

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the Health Department received 300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Kansas. In addition to the above referenced 200, the other 100 of those doses were administered to the remaining healthcare associated workers and others deemed essential to the COVID-19 response. 

The Franklin County Health Department does not know when they will receive additional doses of the vaccine but they are prepared to administer those doses as soon as they become available. Franklin County residents who would like to get on a list to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them should call (785)229-3531. 

Administration of the first 200 doses were given by date of birth, beginning with the oldest individual on the list. At this time, there are still residents over the age of 80 waiting for their call to receive the vaccine. 

“There are over 650 Franklin County residents over the age of 75 who are/were waiting for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” mentioned Nick Robbins, Interim Director of the Franklin County Health Department. “We are excited to have quickly, safely and efficiently administered 200 doses to the elderly population.” 

Residents over the age of 65 who have signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a call to schedule an appointment as soon as doses become available to the Health Department. If you would like to get on the list to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to you based on your age and medical conditions, please call (785) 229- 3531. 

Franklin County would like the thank USD 290 for allowing the County’s COVID response team to use the Ottawa Middle School gymnasium for administration of these vaccines. 

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