Douglas County releases COVID-19 vaccine interest form to aid in planning efforts

photo by: Associated Press

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccination at a distribution hub Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas.

Douglas County residents may now complete a form to indicate their level of interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, which phase they believe they qualify for and how they would like to be notified when vaccines become available.

The form can be completed online at dgcoks.org/vaccineinterestform.

Completing the survey will not create an appointment or reserve a vaccine, a Friday press release from the health department said, but it will help planners streamline the notification and scheduling process by identifying which phase people qualify for.

This announcement from the health department comes after some residents expressed concern that the Phase 2 vaccine sign-up process was competitive and inequitable. Douglas County currently has a Phase 2 vaccination clinic scheduled for Jan. 29 for people 65 and older, but all 500 appointments were filled within 25 minutes of the alert going out. When the county announced an additional 460 appointment times for Jan. 29, those spots were filled within 13 minutes.

“With an extremely limited supply of the vaccine right now, we realize it is frustrating for people who haven’t been able to schedule appointments for themselves or their loved ones,” said Business Systems Analyst Charlie Bryan, chair of the Vaccination Planning Unit under Unified Command. “This new form will help us identify which phase people would qualify for so that we can communicate effectively with them as doses become available for their priority group. We believe this will help with the notification process going forward.”

Any residents who need help filling out the form may contact the Senior Resource Center at 785-842-0543 and leave a message. Staff will return calls during business hours in the order calls are received.

County notes 27 new cases

Douglas County reported 7,818 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 27 cases since Thursday.

In Douglas County, 6,816 out of the 7,818 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,002 cases are active.

The county has averaged about 46 new cases per day over the last 14 days, according to a 14-day moving average graph updated weekdays by the health department. The current average of 46.14 new cases per day is down from a high of 80 cases per day in mid-November and up from a recent low of about 45 cases per day in mid-December.

Douglas County has a 14-day COVID-19 incidence rate of 537.04 per 100,000 people. Last Friday, 4,129 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered at LMH Health, Heartland, the health department, Haskell Indian Health Center and long-term care facilities. This week, 4,644 doses had been administered through those same facilities. Douglas County has received 11,239 vaccine doses thus far.

Twelve patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Friday, two fewer than Thursday. To date, 36 Douglas County residents have died of COVID-19.

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