COVID-19 Vaccinations

GraceMed Health Clinic was one of the first 250 health centers across the country to receive direct supplies of COVID-19 vaccine.  Vaccinations will be given in accordance with the state’s schedule for prioritizing populations beginning March 10, 2021. For additional information about the Kansas vaccination plan, visit kansasvaccine.gov.

Receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you.

As a federally qualified health clinic, we do not charge a fee for the vaccine. Everyone who meets state criteria and wants the vaccine will get one.

Appointments can be made by calling GraceMed at (316) 866-2000 in Wichita or (785) 861-8800 in Topeka.
Or visit our Facebook page for information about pop-up vaccination clinics in your neighborhood.

Vaccinations are being given in phases because vaccines are in limited supply.  The federal government is shipping vaccine doses to the state each week. As each weekly supply is received more people are able to receive their first and second dose.

Phase 1

In this phase all healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents, patients and those critical to the pandemic response were eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.  This phase began in late 2020.

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Phase 2

Phase 2 began in January 2021 with all residents over the age of 65.  In addition, police officers, firefighters, food service workers, teachers and  other high-contact critical workers were eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.  This phase also includes K-12 teachers and anyone who resides in a licensed congregate setting.

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Phase 3

Phase 3 allows vaccinations for anyone age 16 to 64 years of age who have severe medical risks.  Social service and government workers are included in this phase as well as shelter and housing workers.  People who work providing agricultural services are also eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in phase 3.

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Phase 4

In Phase 4, people aged 16 to 64 years old with medical risks like asthma, cystic fibrosis, dementia and diabetes are eligible to receive vaccinations.

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Phase 5

This is the final phase and gives everyone age 16 and older the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 

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What are the different types of vaccines?

There are 3 companies that have received approval for their vaccinations: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.  Each vaccine has gone through rigorous testing and each is considered highly effective.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech is provided in 2 doses, 3 weeks apart and is considered 95% effective.  It is based on mRNA. GraceMed has this vaccine for children ages 12 to 17.
  • Moderna is provided in 2 doses, 4 weeks a part and is considered 94.1% effective.  It is based on mRNA. GraceMed has this vaccine for adults ages 18 and up.
  • Johnson & Johnson takes 1 dose.  It is 66% effective and is DNA based.

Learn more about the myths and facts surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations here.

Is the vaccine Safe?

Venus Lee, CEO

“I made sure I was the first person to get a shot among our GraceMed staff. As an African American, I wanted to send a message. This virus doesn’t just make you sick. It can take your life, and the vaccine that is saving everyone else’s life should be saving the lives of those in communities of color, too.”  Venus Lee, GraceMed CEO.

Where can I get the vaccine?

The Moderna vaccine for adults 18 years and older and the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 17 are available at GraceMed.  You are encouraged to make an appointment for your vaccine but walk-ins are accepted.

Vaccine Boosters

After August 26, 2021 GraceMed will offer a 3rd dose of the Moderna vaccine to:

All GraceMed patients who qualify by meeting any of these requirements:

    1. Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
    2. Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    3. Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
    4. Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    5. Advanced or untreated HIV infection
    6. Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response

Non-GraceMed patients who received their 1st and 2nd doses of Moderna at GraceMed who meet one of the above listed requirements.

We are awaiting official guidance and instructions for administering booster vaccines to those who do not meet the criteria listed above.  Announcement regarding availability will be made on our social media channels.


Additional information about COVID and Vaccines:

2021-03-08