KANSAS CITY, MO. – While frustrations are high for some, others see the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine as effective.
“I’ve never seen anything so well managed,” said Lester Kerschner from Lenexa.
Kerschner has been on a handful of waiting lists for the vaccine for more than a month, but received his first dose on Friday.
“The thing is, if people have perseverance and patience and keep the goal in mind, they’ll get there and get the vaccine,” Kerschner said.
As the states get their hands on more doses, more clinics are opening in Kansas and Missouri.
On Saturday, Swope Health Central hosted a drive-through vaccination event with Senator Barbara Anne Washington.
“This was our first chance, our first opportunity to work with the Kansas City Health Department to help us get better,” said Washington, “but our job is to get as many people vaccinated who need and want it.”
The aim of the clinic was to provide underserved members of the community eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
“Nationwide there are certain populations, color communities, who are not vaccinated at the same level as other communities,” said Frank Thompson, deputy director of the KCMO Department of Health here in the heart of their district and to really shape our reach to meet these communities really hits. “
The event was planned for 500 people, but only about 300 showed up for their appointments. The organizers tried to contact other residents from a waiting list.
About 15% of Kansas residents have been vaccinated, according to the KDHE website.
In Missouri, the Department of Health and Elderly Services has registered 16% of its residents as vaccinated.
After receiving his first dose of the vaccine, Kerschner is hopeful but still uncertain about the future.
“Life is not going to be normal again, I don’t think it will be that time soon,” said Kerschner.