Coping with COVID: Kansas City, Kan. seniors over 65 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine with appointment 



The Unified Government Public Health Department said Wyandotte County residents 65 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the department. Seniors in the county are being required to fill out a Vaccine Interest Form from the health department before making an appointment.

This week, the Unified Government Public Health Department announced that residents of Wyandotte County 65 years old and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The UGPHD said it’s now scheduling vaccinations for those at highest risk, and highest priority will be given for seniors who live in zip codes 66101, 66102 and 66105.

The UGPHD said vaccine zip code prioritization is based on the county’s COVID-19 Vulnerability Index, developed in partnership with Dr. Jason Glenn, Associate Professor with the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

According to the health department, the index is meant to make vaccine distribution more equitable and help prioritize vaccines for residents at higher risk of exposure to the virus and serious illness or death from COVID-19.

Seniors in Wyandotte County wanting the vaccine are being required to fill out the UGPHD’s Vaccine Interest Form.

The survey can be found online at ughealth.info/vaccine and is available in both English and Spanish. The department said once people have filled out the form, they will receive updates when they are eligible for a vaccine and how to make an appointment.