CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV5) – Just this morning White House officials announced that winter weather has temporarily delayed 6 million doses of coronavirus shipments.
Here on the KC subway, some are grappling with the frustrations of these delays.
“Stay at home as much as possible and not go out as much,” says Marion Ricono.
How many people had to sacrifice a lot because of the pandemic, Clay County’s Marion and Patty Ricono.
One of the many victims is that they cannot see their family or even their daughter, Angie Ricono, who is a member of the KCTV5 family.
“Miss the kids, you also miss the grandchildren and all of their milestones so it’s hard to come back,” says Patty.
Recently there seemed to be a bright spot in the difficult time for the couple, the vaccine rollout.
“We’re both waiting for our turn and looking forward to the vaccine and the return to normal times,” says Marion.
Since they are both over 65 years old, it will be their turn to get the vaccine on site sooner.
After signing up for multiple vaccination sites, they were due to be vaccinated Tuesday at the Cerner Vaccination Clinic and North Kansas City Hospital, Operation Safe.
“We felt like we were playing the lottery when that happened,” says Marion.
That feeling quickly changed when the cold weather conditions set in and the distribution and shipping of vaccines ceased, which doctors on both sides of the state line have discussed.
“We’re all working together to get it under control. We’re going to find an arm to get the vaccine into the vaccine that is delaying a little, just delaying shipping, delaying transportation, everything delayed, but vaccination will be fine, “says Dr. Steven Stites, Chief Medical Officer, University of Kansas Health Systems.
The Riconos were alerted several times that their appointments were moving forward during the week and even received messages this morning that they should all be vaccinated today, but moments later they were re-sent a message that they were late.
“Hopefully a lot of other people will be happy, like us next week, as they plan and actually take their vaccines so that it will be good,” says Patty.
We reached out to the Clay County Health Department with Cerner and North Kansas City Hospital to discuss this mishap, but they haven’t reached out yet.
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