Johnson County ‘begging’ state for more COVID-19 vaccine as Phase 1 rollout continues

The most recent shipment to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment took “several attempts at outreach to ensure we get a fair share of the vaccines," said county health director Sanmi Areola. Above, KU health system ICU nurse manager Casey Pickering receives the vaccine. Photo courtesy KU Health System.

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Johnson County health officials say the strained supply of COVID-19 vaccine coming from the state is hampering their ability to vaccinate the county’s high proportion of health care workers wanting to get doses.