KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City, Mo. Department of Health is increasing its vaccination focus on residents 65 and over.
“Before we proceed with scheduling appointments for residents of the lower priority levels, let’s first try to identify and reach Kansas City residents over 65 in all neighborhoods who would like to be vaccinated,” said Health Department Director Dr. Rex said Archer.
The city encourages residents of this age group to call 311 to schedule a vaccination, regardless of whether or not they filled out the online contact form.
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The state of Missouri recently opened Phase 1B – Tier 3, granting more than 550,000 Missouri ratings. The KCMO health department would like to give the residents priority here.
“We appeal to everyone to offer help to our elderly residents,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, director of communicable disease prevention and public health preparation. “Help your elderly friend or family member make a vaccination appointment and drive them to the clinic if necessary. You shouldn’t be left behind in this vaccination process. ”
The health department said 88% of COVID-19 deaths in the city were within the age range.
“We don’t want anyone, especially our elderly residents, to fall through the cracks of a residue or into the swarm of people who line up for the vaccination,” said Archer.