Riley County moving to Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution


MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Riley County Health Department said it is moving to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution starting Thursday.

The health department said all licensed healthcare professionals in Riley County have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Phase 2 includes people aged 65 and older, congregate settings and high-contact critical workers.

High-contact critical workers include:

  • Firefighters, police officers, first responders, and correction officers
  • Grocery store workers and food services
  • K-12 and childcare workers, including teachers, custodians, drivers, and other staff
  • Food processing, including meat processing plants
  • Large-scale aviation manufacturing plants
  • Transportation workers
  • Workers in retail, agriculture, supply of critical services or materials for COVID-19 response, the U.S. Postal Service, and Department of motor vehicles

Congregated settings include:

  • Homeless shelters
  • Congregate childcare institutions
  • Emergency shelters or safe houses
  • Corrections facilities
  • Behavioral health institutions

RCHD said people age 65 and older who signed up to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly with information on how and when to receive the first dose of the vaccine. If you do get a phone call, it should be an automated phone call that repeats the message twice.

The health department said it will send vaccine notifications to a limited number of people Wednesday.

Anyone in Phase 1 who hasn’t received their first dose is still eligible and contact them, the health department said. If you have any questions, you can email You can also enroll at If someone doesn’t have access to a computer, they can call the health department at (785) 565-6560.

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