(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – During today’s briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that the state will host a mega vaccination site at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, 2021.
“We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department, Truman Medical Center, the Chiefs’ Organization, KCATA, Jackson County Executive Director Frank White, and all of the local leaders and lawmakers who offered their help to make this event possible.” Governor Parson said. “By working together, we ensure that every Missourian who wants a vaccine has an opportunity to get one.”
“I would like to thank Governor Parson for making this event possible.” Frank White, Jr., Jackson County executive director said. “Easily accessible events with significant numbers of vaccines are vital to the safety of our residents, who need and deserve them. This is especially true of our color communities that have been devastated by this dangerous and deadly disease. I look forward to working with the governor and his team to offer many more opportunities like this one in the near future. “
The mega vaccination station is expected to be in operation on Friday and Saturday of the next week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Approximately 6,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine were reserved to fully vaccinate 3,000 Missourians each day of the event. If the state receives additional shipments of the Janssen vaccine, more doses could be allocated to the event.
Two mass vaccination teams from the Missouri National Guard and staff from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Department of Health and the Seniors (DHSS) will work with the Jackson County Health Department, Truman Medical Center, the chiefs’ organization of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority , numerous volunteers and other local leaders to make the event possible.
The names of Eligible Missourians in Activated Stages will be selected from a list of those who have previously registered for the vaccine with the Jackson County Health Department and through the State Vaccine Navigator. The selected people will be informed of the date and time of their appointment and will receive further instructions.
Missourians should not attempt to contact the Jackson County Health Department to register for this event as available appointments will be filled through the Health Department’s existing waiting list. This event will help reduce the backlog of vacant vaccination appointments in the region and open appointments in Region A for future mass vaccination events.
Missourians interested in getting a vaccine at other state-sponsored events are encouraged to use the state’s vaccine Vaccine Navigator.
“We’re working as quickly as possible to meet the higher vaccine interest among our urban populations while keeping the distribution of vaccines fair across the state.” Governor Parson said. “This mega-vaccination event provides an additional opportunity to help local vaccine providers meet the increased vaccine needs in the Kansas City area. We have begun planning a similar event in the St. Louis area.”
Two state-sponsored mass vaccination events were announced next week in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Missourians are encouraged to visit MOStopsCOVID.com To see the latest vaccine updates, find out when they are eligible for the vaccine, and find available vaccines and events in your area.