Starting this weekend and every weekend for the next six weeks, over 3,500 eligible Kansas Citians will be vaccinated with zip code and lowest life expectancy. Walmart becomes these vaccination clinics in one Kansas City YMCAusing a vaccine allowance granted to Walmart by the federal government. The vaccines distributed in the clinic are not taken from the weekly vaccine allocation of the city or changed.
“As my office and the city continue our work to ensure a fair vaccine distribution, I am proud that through our partnership with Walmart, this vaccine allocation will reach Kansas citizens who need vaccines most,” said Mayor Lucas. “The Kansas City Health Department has emailed and called eligible Kansas Citians notice of this opportunity and begun to ensure that those without regular internet access who need a vaccine are not skipped. As we continue the vaccine rollout, we won’t leave anyone behind. I would like to thank Walmart, the YMCA and our COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for their quick and careful work and look forward to further partnerships like this one. “
Eligible Kansas City residents will be notified by the clinic’s Kansas City Health Department. The location of the YMCA will only be disclosed to those eligible to participate in the vaccine partnership. Due to the limited limit on COVID-19 vaccine doses, clinics do not accept walk-ins.
“We have two goals in vaccine delivery: first, to get as many shots as possible into appropriate weapons so we can begin reopening our country, and second, equitable access to vaccines in the communities in which we operate are to ensure, “says Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health & Wellness, Walmart. “We will continue to find new ways to improve vaccination access for our customers as we work towards the possible end of the pandemic.”
John Mikos, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City YMCA, also commented, “The Y is proud to partner with the Task Force to deliver vaccines to vulnerable communities disproportionately affected by the health and economic effects of COVID-19 . Providing our space to improve vaccine justice is one way Y can accomplish our mission to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the resources they need to thrive. ”