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More COVID-19 vaccinations coming
First and second doses available Feb. 13

Barton County anticipates receiving 400 more first doses of COVID 19 next week and will conduct a drive-through vaccination clinic at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Expo III Building west of Great Bend. There will also be a clinic from 10 a.m. to noon for those who received their first dose on or before Jan. 15 and are ready for a booster dose of the vaccine.

County Administrator Phil Hathcock said the 400 first-time doses will be available on a first-come first-served basis to people in Phase 2 of Governor Laura Kelly’s plan. Only those individuals will be included in this event.

Eligible participants are based on Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidance to vaccinate persons 65 years of age and older, those in congregate settings and high-contact critical workers, as outlined in Phase 2 of the governor’s plan.

Due to the limited number of vaccine doses Barton County has received, it is likely the event will end before 5 p.m., Hathcock said. “Barton County anticipates receiving more vaccine in the near future and will continue to host additional drive-through clinics as soon as possible.”

Booster doses

Barton County has also received the vaccine booster doses for individuals who received their first dose of vaccine on or before Jan. 15. This drive-through clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 13 at Expo III.

“If you received your first COVID-19 vaccination prior to Jan. 15, you are automatically on the list for the second dose,” Hathcock stated in a news release. He emphasized that people should not call to make an appointment, adding second doses will only be administered during the 10 a.m. to noon time frame. “If you for some reason are not able to accommodate this schedule, your name will be placed on the list for second doses at the next drive-through event.” The manufacturer of the vaccine, Moderna, allows for the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose. The second shot can be given up to four days early.

Consent form

To expedite vaccination, eligible persons may visit the county website,, to download and complete the vaccine consent form found under the COVID-19 tab. It is recommended but not required to do this in advance. The vaccine consent form is required for each dose.