KANSAS CITY, MO – Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Thursday that the state has been working with the Kansas City Chiefs and several local health officials to turn Arrowhead Stadium into a mass vaccination site.
It will be a two day event on Friday March 19th and Saturday March 20th.
The massive clinic will vaccinate 6,000 eligible Missourians. However, unlike other mass vaccination sites across the state, Arrowhead is not open to all Missouri residents. The 6,000 people will be chosen from a list of those who have done so previously registered to receive the vaccine from the Jackson County Health Department.
The vaccine that will be given will be the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to Frank White, executive of Jackson County.
Two Missouri National Guard teams will be on hand to assist with traffic control, check-in and more. The two-day event is also being run with support from the State Department of Health, the Jackson County Department of Health, Truman Medical Center, and Ride KC.
More details on this massive event are expected in the coming days.
Just before the Super Bowl, Chiefs President Mark Donovan said his organization and the city, county and state health authorities had been negotiating for weeks to try to find a way to do mass vaccination.
Arrowhead was also a host Thousands of voters in Kansas City as a central polling station last fall. Donovan said the electoral board had 40 local staff and the chiefs also had 50 volunteers from among their staff. The Chiefs Executive believes it will take many more people than that to get to a vaccination site.
Then, last week, amid complaints about mass vaccination sites in rural areas, Parson indicated that big news might come for Kansas City. Now it has been confirmed.
Parson said Thursday that nearly 1.1 million, or 17.5%, of Missourians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, including half of all Missourians who are 65 years of age and older. More than 580,000 Missourians have been fully vaccinated.
The state enters Phase 1B-Tier 3 on Monday, which puts an additional 550,000 Missourians eligible for vaccination.
There is also one large vaccination site at Cerner’s headquarters in North Kansas City. You greet all eligible Missouri residents, but an appointment is required.
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