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CHCS offers COVID-19 vaccines

UPDATE May 14, 2021: Our clinics can now vaccinate anyone age 12 and older. Please note the following.

  • Parental consent is required for those under age 18.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only type approved for ages 12-17. It requires a second dose 21 days after the first dose. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for administration with other vaccines. 
  • Our clinics order weekly allocations of vaccine based on demand, so we can't typically offer same-day appointments, but we will be happy to make sure you receive the vaccine as soon as we are able to have it shipped to our clinics.
  • We also have Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine available for those ages 18 and older. 
  • Call your clinic for an appointment! Find your clinic’s phone number.

From earlier this spring:

Community HealthCare System is now receiving its own COVID-19 vaccine allocation.

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only at CHCS clinic locations in Centralia, Frankfort, Holton, Onaga, St. Marys, and Westmoreland.

Those who are eligible as of Monday, March 29 include those aged 16 and older. Find more information about the vaccine phases.  

Individuals who wish to receive the vaccine should call their clinic to schedule an appointment. Find your clinic’s phone number.

Please note the following.

  • UPDATE April 29: Pfizer vaccine availability for ages 16+ has been pushed back to the week of May 10. Anyone interested in receiving a vaccine should call one of our clinics to schedule. 
  • UPDATE April 22: CHCS clinics have access to Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and up, and we are now able to request Pfizer vaccine doses for those age 16 and up. Please call your clinic for an appointment or to ask questions. We are slated to have Pfizer vaccine available the week of May 3.
  • UPDATE April 16: Call your clinic if you would like to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. CHCS has access to Moderna vaccine at this time.
  • UPDATE April 13: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that Kansas will pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following an announcement from the CDC and FDA this morning that six recipients in the U.S. developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination. No Community HealthCare System patients have reported issues associated with this disorder, and no cases have been reported in Kansas to date. More than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, so the problem is exceedingly rare. CHCS is following the situation closely, and if administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is further delayed, we will contact patients to reschedule or, when possible, to offer the Moderna vaccine instead. Because we do not have a large stock of Moderna vaccine at this time, we will need to wait for additional doses to arrive next week to meet the needs of some patients. We will communicate more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience! Please call your clinic if you experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.
  • UPDATE: Our vaccine allocation the week of April 12 will be the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only a single shot.
  • UPDATE: Our vaccine allocation the week of April 5 will be the Moderna vaccine, which requires a two-shot series. Those receiving the Moderna vaccine must be 18 or older. The vaccine comes in 10 doses per vial, so patients must be scheduled in groups of 10. 
  • The vaccine available at CHCS the week of March 29 is the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only a single shot. Allocations in subsequent weeks may be from other manufacturers (Pfizer or Moderna). Those receiving the Janssen vaccine must be age 18 or older.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes in five doses per vial, so patients must be scheduled in groups of five. This means that not all interested patients may be scheduled on a given day.
  • Patients need to bring their insurance cards to their vaccine appointment.
  • Patients will incur no out-of-pocket costs. Vaccine administration fees apply; insurance covers the fee.
  • For uninsured patients, CHCS will bill to government programs designed to help pay for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Community HealthCare System strives to ensure that we do not waste vaccine doses. Because of challenges associated with the time limits for drawing vaccine doses, patients who make appointments need to keep them if at all possible. Patients who need to cancel should notify the clinic as early as possible so a replacement can be identified and scheduled.

As we receive additional vaccine allocations in future weeks, we will continue to update this post with more information. 


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