TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Coffee County Health Department is preparing to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of this month for Phase 2 of the state’s plan; However, none of his 4 nurses would actually administer it.
In a call with 13 News Wednesday (January 13), Health Department Administrator Lindsey Peyer says neither she nor her staff are “comfortably” giving the vaccine. Instead, the county health department will contract with at least one outside nurse to deliver the vaccine and possibly other providers. They will use COVID funds to cover it. Peyer states that these are personal decisions made personally and not thoughtlessly.
Payer told the commissioners at their January 4 meeting, “I will tell you that we have to contract employees to give that vaccine to our employees because my staff is not comfortable with it.” “This is a new technology. We have never seen it before. It was studied in only 45 people before it was approved, and the companies that made the vaccine do not have it… all liabilities have gone away from them. Therefore, if there is something bad about the vaccine, it does not go back to them. It is widely known, and it is somewhat inconvenient for a nurse who needs to be put into people’s bodies. So, we will find nurses who are willing to do so. I am not. My staff is not there right now. “
However, it is clear that the county’s medical officer, Drs. Jeff Soiler does not share the concerns of Health Department employees. At the County Commission meeting last Monday (January 11), he told the commissioners:
“Both vaccines were very well studied,” Soulier assured the commissioners. “Pfizer One had over 40,000 people in its test, and the modern one had 30,000 people in its test, so, I think that’s good.” Sloyer told the commissioners that the January 6 meeting caused a lot of confusion and backlash on social media.
As of January 8, Coffee County’s weekly update had 27 active COVID cases – 12 new cases and 16 recoveries.
In a Wednesday morning (13 January) phone call, the payer told 13 News that this is an individual decision on the part of each staff members and is not meant to send a message to or against the vaccine. She insists that she does not want to be a barrier to anyone getting the vaccine and plans to ensure that all residents of Coffee County who want to get vaccinated during Phase 2. Members 65 and older will eventually be able to get the COVID vaccine in public, likely to be later this month. The health department has started a waiting list – one that Monday’s commission meeting reached more than 200 people in just a few days. Payer says he has spoken with the Coffee Health System which indicates that they may be ready to provide assistance to the Department of Health to deliver the vaccine. Additionally, the payer states that like the county health department, local pharmacies have also applied to KDHE to deliver the vaccine. She admits that there is no shortage of places or opportunities to vaccinate the residents of Coffee County.
Payers point out that it is not uncommon for county health departments to contract with outside providers such as vaccinations. She told 13 News that it was “not new, not unexpected” and her “choice” as licensed professionals to decide whether they wanted to administer a vaccine.
“Health departments across the state are considered vaccination specialists,” the payer said in a phone call with 13News. “We know the length of time needed to develop a good vaccine, and the study that goes into it. We didn’t take this decision lightly. We made this decision using the information we have. We maintain our integrity Want. Nurses are considered the most trusted profession, and we want to maintain that trust. We want the public to make the best decision for them. “
This past Monday, Drs. Sloyer told the commissioners that the Department of Health is working very hard on the public vaccination plan. He has submitted his application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to receive the COVID vaccine and maintains a sign-up list for residents. Additionally, due to potential liability concerns, the Department of Health will require those receiving the vaccine to sign the vaccine. Dr. Soulier told the commissioners that they would receive the modern vaccine. Because patients must be monitored for a short time after the vaccine, Coffey County will be established to deliver its public vaccinations at the center. While he notes that reactions to the vaccine have been rare, he will have epiphanes and benadryl with EMS.
At last week’s meeting (January 4), Paire told the commissioners that COVID is now part of our everyday lives – it is compared to cold and flu.
“I think it’s safe to say that COVID is now endemic in our community,” the payer said. “We know it’s here to stay. We know it can’t be controlled. It’s a virus. You can’t stop a virus. We’re still doing everything we can , But that’s what it is. It’s just going to be part of what we have to deal with right now. As a community, we probably need to make some decisions about that, and how much more we can Resources. Knowing that it is here, it is like a cold or flu. Now it is normal. That is it.
We had Coffey County medical officer Dr. Jeff Soyler, Administrative Assistant to the County Commission, and a spokesman for KDHH has been contacted to comment on this story.
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