The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department is urging Kansas City residents over the age of 65 to call 311 to schedule a vaccination appointment, whether or not they filled out the city’s online contact form.
“Before moving ahead with scheduling appointments for residents in lower priority tiers, we are first trying to identify and reach Kansas City residents over the age of 65 in all areas of the city who want to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Rex Archer, health department director. “We want no one, especially our older residents, to fall through the cracks of a backlog or in the swarm of people lined up for the vaccination.”
In Kansas City, 88 percent of COVID-19 deaths were residents 60 and up. Because of this, the health department wants vaccine appointments to go to them first.
“We are appealing to everyone to offer assistance to our older residents,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, division manager of Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness. “Help your older friend or family member make a vaccination appointment and give them a ride to the clinic if they need it. They should not be left behind in this vaccination process.’
Teachers and other critical workers are now eligible for the vaccine after the state opened the third tier in Phase 1B. This adds 550,000 more Missourians eligible to receive the vaccine.
A new mass vaccination site will open March 19 through March 20 for those eligible at the Arrowhead Stadium. The site will serve about 6,000 people who sign up on the Jackson County Health Department vaccination sign-up list.
To schedule an appointment at a Kansas City Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinic, call 311 or 513-1313.
Those under age 65 should continue to sign up online and the health department will notify you when appointments are available for your group.
Find more information on COVID, vaccinations, and to sign up on the contact form, please visit kcmo.gov/coronavirus.