Sedgwick County to begin vaccinations for school teachers, staff

Sedgwick County has received additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that have been earmarked for teachers and staff at K-12 schools, under a plan recently announced by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly.

Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman told county commissioners Tuesday that county health officials have been working with school districts and vaccinations could begin as soon as Wednesday.   Kaufman said the plan is to get first doses of the vaccine to all teachers and staff within a 2 or 3 week time period.

The county has ten school districts along with the Catholic Diocese and a number private schools.  Kaufman said the county will put the districts into groups and develop custom plans for providing the vaccine to each group.  The county will work with pharmacies and clinics to provide the vaccine for about half of the districts.  For other districts the county will partner with pharmacies or school nursing staff on storage and delivery, and in other cases the county will set up mobile vaccination sites for schools.

Vaccinations began earlier this month for teachers in the Wichita school district.