Update 3/26/21: It was recently announced that Kansas will be moving to its fifth and final phase in the vaccination rollout on March 29, 2021, making all Kansans ages 16 and over eligible to receive the vaccine.
As vaccines become available, the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR) has been communicating with local municipalities throughout the region for clarification on where real estate professionals fall in the COVID-19 vaccine roll out plans. Although roll out plans and practices may vary among states and municipalities, KCRAR has gathered the following information to inform its members who wish to be vaccinated.
The CDC still recommends practicing basic measures, including wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet, and routine hand washing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has created a list of populations, spread across 5 phases, to prioritize for vaccination based on public health risk and criticality to state infrastructure. Kansas is currently in Phase 2 for vaccinations, which includes persons aged 65+, congregate settings, high-contact critical workers and unvaccinated Kansans from Phase 1.
According to state and local health departments and the Kansas Association of REALTORS®, real estate agents fall under the “shelter and housing” category, putting them in Phase 3 of the KDHE’s vaccination plan, unless that real estate agent qualifies for Phase I or Phase 2 due to age, underlying conditions or other factors.. However, Counties (through the local health department) have the flexibility to move to a vaccine phase based on available supply, vaccine administration issues and vaccine demand in the local area.
Click the links below to follow your local public health department websites to discover what phase, availability, and locations offer the vaccine in your county.
The State of Missouri has established a centralized site for all COVID-19 information at MOStopsCOVID.com with access to information about the vaccines, vaccinator locations and FAQ’s, as well as a vaccine navigator registration tool, which can notify users when they are eligible to receive the vaccine. Missouri is currently vaccinating citizens in Phase 1A, Phase 1B- Tier 1 and Phase 1B- Tier 2.
Based on information from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services and the Missouri REALTORS® Association, those who work in the real estate industry are eligible for vaccination in Phase 2, unless that real estate agent falls into Phase 1A or 1B due to age, underlying conditions or for other reasons,.According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines, real estate is included in the “Financial Services Sector” of essential workers. Some vaccine surveys may ask for that information.
While MOStopsCOVID.com is a comprehensive resource, some local jurisdictions may have additional information about vaccines in your area, including local resources, locations and registration links. Click the links below for more information.
FINDING A VACCINATION:
Once your Phase is active, you can use this resource to locate vaccination locations, verify their supply and make appointments if eligible. Filling out a survey does not secure you an appointment or reserve a vaccine dose. Appointments and eligibility verification are required at most locations.