Riley Co. updates vaccine protocol

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Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 9:02 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Riley Co. Health Dept. is updating its vaccine protocol.

The county started Phase II last week, vaccinating everyone 65 and older in the order they registered. They will now prioritize people in that age range with severe medical conditions during the next round of vaccines. Those without severe conditions will then be given vaccines in the order they registered.

“After careful consideration, we have decided it would be better for our most vulnerable population, if we prioritize those who have severe medical conditions.”

The department says over 10,000 people have registered for the vaccine so far. They encourage anyone who hasn’t registered to sign up on their website or by calling 785-565-6560.

Severe Medical Conditions Considered For Vaccination:
chronic kidney disease
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
down syndrome
heart conditions such as cardiomyopathies
immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
type 2 diabetes mellitus
sickle cell disease
asthma - moderate to severe
cerebrovascular disease - affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain
cystic fibrosis
immunocompromised state - weakened immune system from blood or bone marrow transplant
immune deficiencies
use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
neurologic conditions such as dementia
liver disease
pulmonary fibrosis - have damaged or scarred lung tissues
thalassemia - a type of blood disorder
type 1 diabetes mellitus

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