KANSAS CITY, MO. – There were many bandaged smiling people near the GEHA field at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday as Jackson County wrapped up its first mega-vaccination event.
It was planned to vaccinate around 6,000 people at this event. Instead, according to organizers, they exceeded this target by about a thousand people who secure appointments.
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Here was the system: a number of vehicles stop and the people in the vehicles who have appointments get the shot. Then they stay a few minutes and wait to see if there is any negative reaction. Then people set off.
“I saw someone cry, she was so grateful that she got the vaccine. Somebody else didn’t know it was just a shot and they said, ‘This is great! ‘”Said Dr. Stefani Ellison, Truman Medical Center ambulance.
Dr. Ellison helped coordinate the approximately 30 medical students at the event who were trained for vaccination. As she spoke to FOX4 News, she thought about the past 12 months.
“We really didn’t get a break. And then we had to learn very quickly. Most of what I do, I’m used to working with evidence-based medicine and knowing exactly what to expect. That was really tough, “said Dr. Ellison.
“We have now canceled three cruises. I don’t know if this is in our future or not, but we will change and do something wonderful together as a family, ”said Dr. Ellison.
“I think the most exciting thing for me is that my parents live here and get vaccinated. And now we’re going to have dinner with them. I went out for lunch with my mom. So I just take the time to be grateful for the simple things, ”Ellison said.
The ease of getting an appointment at the event also motivated people who, until recently, were on the fence about the vaccine.
“She recently experienced a hospital procedure so we both thought this was probably a good idea. Me as the caregiver, ”said Tom Ferguson, referring to his wife, who had also received the vaccine.
Cans left over from this event are not considered wasted. Instead, they will be returned to Jackson County / Truman Medical Center care and quickly reassigned to other appointments, said Dr. Mark Steele, Executive Chief Medical Officer, Truman Medical Center.
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