Topeka, Kansas (WIBW)-The Coffey County Health Department is preparing to distribute the CoVID-19 vaccine for the second phase of the state plan by the end of this month; however, none of their 4 nurses will actually manage it .
The head of the health department, Lindsay Payer, said in a phone call with the 13th News Wednesday (January 13) that neither she nor her staff were “comfortable” to vaccinate. Instead, the county health department will contract at least one outside nurse to provide vaccines and possibly other providers. They will use COVID funds to pay. The payer said that these are personal decisions, not without careful consideration.
The payer said to the commissioner at the January 4 meeting: “I will tell you that we must hire someone other than our employees to provide the vaccine because my employees are not satisfied with it.”
However, it is clear that the county’s medical officer, Dr. Jeff Sloyer (Jeff Sloyer) does not agree with the concerns of health department staff. At the county committee meeting last Monday (January 11), he told the committee members:
“Both vaccines have been well researched,” Sawyer assured the commissioner. “One person at Pfizer has more than 40,000 people on trial, and 30,000 people from Monaco are on trial, so I think this is good.” Sloyer told the commissioners that the January 6 meeting was triggered on social media A lot of confusion and response.
As of January 8, the weekly update in Kofi County has 27 active COVID cases-12 new cases and 16 recoveries.
In a call on Wednesday morning (January 13), Payer told 13 News that this is the personal decision of each employee and does not mean sending any information-support or opposition to getting the vaccine. She insists that they don’t want to be a barrier to anyone’s vaccination, and is working on a plan to ensure that all Coffey County residents who want to be vaccinated in the second phase can do it. Members of the public aged 65 years and older will eventually be able to obtain the COVID vaccine, possibly before the end of this month. The health department has started a waiting list. As of the committee meeting on Monday, the list had grown to more than 200 people in just a few days. The payer said that they had already spoken to the Kofi Health System, which indicated that they might be willing to provide assistance to the health department with vaccination. In addition, the payer said that, like the county health department, the local pharmacy has also applied for the vaccine from KDHE. She believes that the residents of Kofi County will not lack any place or opportunity to obtain vaccines.
Payer pointed out that county health departments usually sign service contracts such as vaccination with external providers. She told 13 News that this is “not a new thing, not an accident”, but their “choice of a licensed professional” to decide whether they want to be vaccinated.
The payer said in a phone call with 13 News: “The health departments across the state are considered experts in vaccination.” “We know the time required to develop a high-quality vaccine and have conducted research. We did not make this decision lightly. We Use the available information to make this decision. We want to maintain our integrity. As we all know, nurses are the most trusted profession, and we want to maintain this trust. We want the public to make the best decision for them.”
In the past Monday, Dr. Sloyer told the committee members that the health department has been doing very hard work for the public vaccination program. They have submitted an application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to receive the COVID vaccine and are maintaining a check-in list for residents. In addition, due to potential liability issues, the health department will require those receiving the vaccine to sign a waiver. Dr. Sawyer told the committee members that they will receive the Moderna vaccine. Since patients must be monitored within a short period of time after vaccination, Kofi County will establish a vaccination center for public vaccination. Although he pointed out that reactions to the vaccine are very rare, they will carry Epipens and Benadryl and EMS with them.
At last week’s meeting (January 4), Payer told the committee members that COVID has now become a part of our daily lives-comparing it to colds and flu.
The payer said: “I think it is safe to say that COVID is now circulating in our community.” “We know it will continue to exist here. We know it is uncontrollable. This is a virus. You cannot stop the virus. We are still there. Do everything we can, but that’s the truth. This is just part of what we have to deal with now. As a community, we may need to make some decisions about what this means and how much resources we will provide for it. Knowing it’s here, like It’s the same as a cold or flu. It’s normal now. That’s it.”
We have contacted the Kofi County Medical Officer Dr. Jeff Sloyer, the administrative assistant to the committee and a spokesperson for KDHE, to comment on the matter.
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