UG Health Department launches new self-scheduling tool for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Unified Government Health Department has launched a new self-scheduling tool for COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to a spokesman, people now can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination at their convenience with this new online tool.

The county currently is in Phase 5 of the state’s COVID-19 rollout plan, which allows anyone 16 and older who lives in Wyandotte County to be vaccinated here. Residents can either make an appointment or can walk in and get a vaccination at three vaccination sites, according to the spokesman.

The new online form to schedule appointments is one more tool the Health Department is offering to make it easier for people to get vaccines.

“We want to remove any barriers that keep people from getting a vaccine,” said Juliann Van Liew, cirector of the Health Department. “If it’s easier for them to walk in, they can walk in, if they choose to schedule their appointment they can. We also have resources to help community members who need
transportation to get their vaccine or who are homebound. We want anyone living in Wyandotte County who wants to be vaccinated to have ready, equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations.”

How to schedule a vaccine appointment online

  1. Go to WycoVaccines.org, and click on the blue button that says, “Click here to schedule an appointment online.”
  2. Fill out pertinent contact information.
  3. Select a preferred vaccination site. A calendar will then be displayed with available dates.
  4. Select a date to see available appointment times, then click the time you would like to schedule.
  5. Once the vaccination appointment is scheduled, the application shows a confirmation, along with any additional instructions.
  6. When coming in for your appointment, you will be asked to show proof of that you live in Wyandotte County, such as a piece of mail addressed to you, driver’s license, or similar.

When users book an appointment using the self-scheduling tool, that means they will be vaccinated within the hour of their appointment time, according to the Health Department. For example, if a user selects “10 a.m.” as his or her appointment time, he or she will be vaccinated between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on his or her selected date.

How to schedule a vaccine appointment by phone

Wyandotte County residents who don’t have an internet connection can call 3-1-1 (913-573-5311) for assistance in scheduling their vaccination appointment time and date.

Vaccinations also available without an appointment

Wyandotte County residents 16 years of age and older can also get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the Health Department’s three vaccination facilities, the spokesman stated. The goal of the Health Department is to provide the public with a variety of options when it comes to getting their vaccinations, so that anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination can get one at a date, time and location convenient for them.

People living in Wyandotte County can choose any of the Health Department vaccination sites for their vaccination, with or without an appointment. These sites are open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

West location
Former Best Buy
10500 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, Kansas

Central location
Former Kmart
7836 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kansas

East location
The Kansas National Guard Armory
100 S. 20th St.
Kansas City, Kansas

While walk-in patients are welcomed at any of the sites, walk-in patients will not be accepted after 2:30 p.m., according to the spokesman.

All Wyandotte County residents who want a vaccination (whether by appointment or walk-in) must bring proof of residence with them, such as a piece of mail, driver’s license, or similar document.

According to a spokesman, the Health Department is exploring the possibility of some alternate hours later this month, such as Saturday hours (that will not be available this weekend, but may be on some upcoming weekends). They may have more information on it next week.

Help for homebound or those who need transportation

The Health Department also offers assistance for people who need transportation to a vaccination site, or for those who are homebound and want a free COVID-19 vaccination. To submit a request, go to WycoVaccines.org. Click on the yellow and black button that says, “Do you need a ride to get a COVID-19 vaccine?” and fill out the request form. Residents with no internet connection can call 3-1-1 to make their transportation or homebound vaccination request.

Tips for getting your vaccine

When it’s time for you to get your COVID-19 vaccine, keep these tips in mind:
• Eat something (even a snack) before getting your vaccination.
• Be prepared to wait in the recovery area for 15-30 minutes after your vaccination.
• Wear a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt so you can be vaccinated more easily (if it’s chilly out, wear a sweater or jacket over your short-sleeved shirt).

Volunteer opportunities


The Health Department is seeking additional volunteers to help with COVID-19 vaccine efforts. Volunteers are needed in both clinical and non-clinical roles. People interested in joining the volunteer team are invited to fill out the volunteer application: ughealth.info/volunteer.

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