Today, Governor Laura Kelly encouraged Kansans in and around Barton County to attend Great Bend’s “June Jaunt” event to receive incentives to learn more about the vaccine and receive a free COVID-19 vaccination.

“Getting the vaccine protects you, your loved ones, and your entire community from COVID-19,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The vaccine is our strongest tool to get our state back to normal, and I encourage all Kansans to take advantage of the many incentives at the June Jaunt event by receiving their vaccine as soon as possible.”

This event will take place on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Jack Kilby Square. At the event, providers will focus on health, wellness and vaccine education, and answer any community questions. Education sessions will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the health system booth, and free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. onsite through the Barton County Health Department’s mobile unit.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Governor’s office in an effort to increase access to information on a local level, as well as increasing public engagement around the Covid vaccines,” said Megan Barfield, President and CEO of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. “The vaccines are a topic of conversation in many workplaces and households but many individuals have questions and concerns deterring them. This pilot is a great opportunity to ask the tough questions from our trusted health care providers and hopefully provide clarity for our community to aid in making their own informed decisions.”

“We are pleased to do our part as a member of the Great Bend community to support the hard work of those in the health care community by encouraging our neighbors who choose to get vaccinated this week,” said Jon Rolph, President and CEO of Thrive Restaurant Group.

Those who attend an educational session will receive both a voucher for a free meal at Applebee’s restaurant and a gift card for a free pizza at Pizza Hut. The Applebee’s voucher is redeemable at Applebee’s locations in Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, Hays, Salina, McPherson and Hutchinson.

After the June Jaunt event, the health system will offer free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at the following locations:

  • Sunday, June 6, 3-7 p.m., at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave.
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 7-8, 3-7 p.m., at Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St.

Anyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine at any of the health system’s free walk-in vaccine events listed above may also receive a voucher for a free meal at Applebee’s restaurant and a gift card for a free pizza at Pizza Hut. Gift cards and vouchers are available one per person and only while supplies last.

Barton Community College will also be donating 40 $50 scholarships as an incentive to either attend an info session or get a vaccine. 

People eligible for vaccination must be age 12 and over. A parent/guardian must accompany children under 18. No appointments are necessary.

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