KANSAS CITY, MO. – A vaccination clinic in Northland has given more than 30,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Safe operation is a partnership between the Clay County Public Health Center, Liberty and North Kansas City Hospitals, and Cerner.
As of the first week of February, organizers said the clinic had given 26,573 first doses and 5,515 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, Operation Safe said not a single dose was wasted.
“We’re not even close to running out a dose,” said Dr. Death Beardman of North Kansas City Hospital.
If there are still doses left, the clinic calls or sends an SMS to authorized people who have previously filled out the Operation Safe Interest form.
On its busiest day, Operation Safe treated 3,686 patients. The aim is to increase this number to 4,000 patients per day from next week.
The clinic is staffed by 300 volunteers, including retired healthcare workers, nursing students from local universities and police officers, fire and rescue workers from Northland cities.
More volunteers are needed, according to Eva Karp, Chief Clinical and Patient Safety Officer at Cerner. People can participate in Operation Safe by sending messages Facebook site.
Karp described what it is like to talk to people in the recovery room after receiving vaccines.
“They are so happy to feel like they are on a journey to see COVID-19 leave our community and that they are safe and actually able to hug their grandchildren again,” said they.
Operation Safe is preparing for March 15, when the next tier of ratings opens in Missouri. At that time, another 550,000 people will be eligible for the vaccine.
The clinic is already seeing an increase in registrations for the interest form for phase 1 tier 3 as well as for phases 2 and 3.
It is important to fill out this form as soon as possible as people will be contacted in the order in which they signed up.
“There are only a limited amount of vaccines available right now, and the best advice I have for people is to make sure you subscribe to multiple lists, as you did before,” Beardman said.
At the same time, Dr. Raghu Adiga, chief physician at Liberty Hospital, optimistic despite the influx of vaccine seekers.
“The supply of vaccines will grow exponentially over the next few months, and there are certainly other options beyond Operation Safe. Commercial pharmacies will also increase their numbers,” Adiga said.
Operation Safe is generating interest among executives to replicate its success.
KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas visited the clinic on March 5th and described it as “the envy of our region and our state”.
Members of the city’s vaccine task force also visited Operation Safe to learn more about the collaboration.