KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Kansas City COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is preparing to report to the city council on Thursday after a month of discussion.
At their meeting on Wednesday, they reported that their first large-scale targeted clinic in collaboration with the YMCA was fully booked. They vaccinated 1,170 people over five days. A similar clinic that starts with 1,170 doses on Thursday is fully booked. Another with the same amount of vaccine will be offered the following week.
The state has hosted large drive-up events for Level 2 people: people 65 and over and people with certain medical conditions. Many local health authorities have arranged small mass vaccinations for this level by arrangement.
The Kansas City Clinics in partnership with the Y. have focused on people with zip codes with high mortality. This group will be prioritized in this week’s clinic as well as another tier 2 subgroup.
“We also reached out to several school districts in Kansas City, Missouri, to enlist some of the K-12 educators,” said Renita Mollman, chair of the task force.
Missouri’s Tier 3 begins March 15 and spans a long list of key occupations such as education, food, energy, transportation, communications, and information technology. Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City Department of Health, proposed that the task force vote on a plan to prioritize Tier 3 recipients. The task force appeared to agree that the education group should come first, but has yet to formalize this with a vote.
“The 15th is less than two weeks away,” Mollman said in response to Archer’s suggestion. “We need to talk about these Tier 3 priorities.”
As evidence of how quickly things are changing, Archer meddled with some confusion over a surprise arrival of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“We received 2,000 J and J, and we’re not sure yet if we should give that to someone else because we didn’t order it,” Archer said, asking other members affiliated with hospitals if they had it asked or received.
You had not. He later discovered that it should be kept for the National Guard.
He said Missouri received 50,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Since Kansas City makes up 8.5% of the state’s population, that should result in 4,000 cans of KC. He wants to be sure they get this.
The vaccine for the YMCA clinics does not come from the state’s grant. It was made available by Walmart, who volunteered part of the vaccine the federal government had allocated to the retail giant.
Participants for these clinics were selected based on surveys conducted by the Kansas City Health Department. They have already been notified when they have been selected. No notifications have yet been sent to those who qualify for the third clinic.
If you haven’t already completed the survey, find one Link to the form here. If you know someone without internet access who wants to apply, have them call 311.
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