Missouri Gov. Parson Announces New Vaccination Plan Involving Hospitals

Just more than 400,000 Missourians have received the Covid-19 vaccine and just more than 100,000 received the second dose, but rollout has slowed. More than two million Missourians are still eligible to receive the vaccine.

To achieve effective distribution, Gov. Mike Parson announced that large-scale hospitals in the state will receive half of the state’s weekly vaccine allocation.

The state receives about 76,000 doses each week, so hospitals in the state with the ability to administer 5,000 vaccines each week will receive half of that, while 23% will go to regional mass vaccination events held in partnership with the Missouri National Guard, 8% will be designated for local public health agencies and 8% for federally qualified health clinics. The remaining doses of the vaccines will be distributed to “community providers” that have enrolled to distribute the vaccine.

Five Kansas City-area hospitals are included in the new rollout plan and will begin mass vaccination clinics to those eligible, including health care workers, first responders, anyone 65 years or older and those with high-risk health issues.

This week and the week of Feb. 15, Truman Medical Centers/University Health, Liberty and North Kansas City hospitals will hold vaccination clinics.

The weeks of Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, clinics will begin for HCA Midwest Health and Saint Luke’s health systems.

If you’re interested in getting vaccinated, fill out the Jackson County contact form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210117358088152 or the Clay County form: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210138520201032. If you do not have a computer, call 311, then when prompted press 3 and then 1. Officials will then contact you to set up an appointment if a vaccine is available for you. Hospitals may also reach out to those eligible to set up an appointment.

You may also be able to be vaccinated through your doctor, another health care provider, a mass vaccination clinic, a retail pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens or through your employer.

It could be late spring to fall before the general public may receive a vaccine.

KC Mayor Lucas Announces Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force

Mayor Quinton Lucas announced his appointments to Kansas City’s Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force Feb. 3 to ensure the vaccine rollout process in Kansas City is completed in an efficient and equitable manner.

The appointments include chair Renita Mollman, chief administrative officer at Burns & McDonnell, Dr. Rex Archer, director of public health at the Kansas City Health Department, and leaders from Truman Medical Centers, Swope Health, Research Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital System.

“For many Kansas Citians – particularly our Black and brown communities – the rate at which we are able to offer vaccines is the difference between life and death,” Lucas said.

The task force will begin meeting immediately to create a transparent plan to quickly and equitably administrate vaccines to the community, with an emphasis on communities in zip codes that have been most devastated by the pandemic. The plan will reflect where the most Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have occurred.

Lucas said to expect additional action from the Kansas City government in coming weeks related to mass vaccination events and more clarity on when and where to get vaccinated.

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