Now, everybody can get the shot at Wednesday’s clinic in Garnett

GARNETT – With some 2,000 Anderson County residents already vaccinated against Covid19, a change in state policy on distribution of shots late last week now means any county resident age 18 or over can get vaccinated at tomorrow’s Covid clinic at the county fairgrounds.

The event runs 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Anderson County Community Building. All participnts must wear masks. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the change on Friday, the accelerated rollout coming just days after the state opened up vaccinations to critical workers and individuals with health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus. This policy shift reflects an expected increase in vaccine production and an effort to avoid letting any doses go to waste.

Rebecca Johnson, director of the Southeast Kansas MultiCounty Health Department, said local clinics had inoculated 1,030 county residents as of midweek. Nate Wiehl with AuBurn Pharmacy said his staff had administered almost 1,000 shotsm following the state’s proscribed phase plan which has targeted health care workers, emergency responders and the elderly as priorities for early vaccines.