KANSAS CITY, MO – Dr. Kansas City health director Rex Archer says the region failed to get its fair share of COVID-19 vaccines under the Missouri distribution plan.
“You can see that if we’re 23% of the population and we’re getting 20% of the vaccine, we’re missing 40,000 doses for Region A, and that’s just math,” Archer said of the information reported on Missouri’s COVID -19 website.
Each of the nine Highway Patrol regions receives a certain amount of vaccine based on population.
Information on the Missouri COVID website shows urban areas like Kansas City in Region A and St. Louis in Region C are weakening, while some rural areas have received more vaccines than the percentage of the population.
“We’re dividing this evenly across the state with the supplies we have. So I don’t know where he got these numbers from, ”said Governor Mike Parson. “I don’t care where in Kansas City, St. Louis, in rural Missouri – it is shared by the people, these nine regions, and we will continue to do so.”
Archer does not agree to dividing the state in this way.
“The highway patrol regions may make sense from the number of highway miles in each region, but they don’t make sense from a population point of view,” Archer said. “If a region in Kansas City’s Region A has literally ten and a half times the population of the smallest Highway Patrol region, having a National Guard mass vaccination team in every region wouldn’t work.”
Another indicator that the KC metro has been left behind is the percentage of people vaccinated. On its website, the state of Missouri reports that 16.8% of the people in the state have been vaccinated. Kansas City is 14.7%, percent, Clay and Jackson Counties is 14.2%, Cass County is 12.6%, and Platte County reports only 10.1% of the population are vaccinated.
The state website shows that some rural counties account for 20% or more of the vaccinated population.
“To try to make it sound like rural areas are getting more than urban and all that, I get all the media hype, but it’s not true,” Parson said.
Although he wouldn’t go into details, the governor said he would make an announcement Thursday regarding vaccines that will affect the Kansas City area.
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