8 Johnson County pharmacies to offer limited number of COVID-19 vaccines for seniors

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Kansas will receive fewer than 10,000 doses total for distribution in more than 30 counties, including Johnson, as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Eight retail pharmacies in Johnson County, including some Hen House and Price Chopper locations and a Walmart, are one the list to receive a limited number of doses. Image courtesy AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

Retail pharmacies at eight select Hen House, Price Chopper and Walmart locations in Johnson County will begin offering a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines Monday through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Vaccine supply through this channel will be extremely limited and aimed at residents 65 and older who are eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 2 of Kansas’ vaccine rollout plan.

On Friday, Balls Foods — which owns Hen House and Price Chopper — began accepting registrations for vaccine appointments at their metro area pharmacy locations. Those registrations quickly filled up.

Here is Balls Foods’ vaccine landing page, which will allow residents to register for vaccines as doses continue to come in.

Patience still key

Johnson County and Kansas health officials are still counseling patience for residents waiting to get doses.

“It’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what we need,” said Lee Norman, MD, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Roughly 8,700 doses in total are set to be shipped to Kansas for use in more than 30 counties as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. For context, Johnson County estimates some 150,000 county residents are eligible in Phase 2. (More than 30,000 have already been vaccinated.)

Overall, KDHE says nearly 234,000 Kansans — about 8% of the population — have been vaccinated so far.

It’s unclear when exactly doses might become available at these retail pharmacy locations. The CDC says residents who are eligible to be vaccinated should check the pharmacies’ websites for more information.

County health officials said these doses allocated through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are not distributed through the county health department.

Balls Foods, which owns Hen House and Price Chopper, has a website that will give the most current update of the status of vaccines at their participating pharmacies. An FAQ at that page says residents trying to make an appointment must be able to confirm they are currently eligible for a vaccine.

Currently in Johnson County, all individuals 65 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated, along with some “high contact critical workers” like teachers, first responders and grocery store employees.

Here are the 8 Johnson County pharmacies on the state’s list of locations that will receive doses as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program:

  • Price Chopper, 4950 Roe Blvd., Roeland Park
  • Price Chopper, 12010 W. 63rd St., Shawnee
  • Price Chopper, 15970 S. Mur-Len Road, Olathe
  • Price Chopper, 2101 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe
  • Price Chopper, 7000 W. 75th St., Overland Park
  • Hen House, 13600 S. Blackbob Road, Olathe
  • Hen House, 6900 W. 135th St., Overland Park
  • Walmart, 13600 S. Alden St., Olathe

In addition, two pharmacies nearby in Wyandotte County will also be receiving some vaccines:

  • Hen House, 8120 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Price Chopper, 7600 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.