The KCMO Health Department has opened three clinics to provide eligible residents with the newly approved COVID booster shots. 

Booster doses are not available to those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine or for children 12-17 years old. Boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still under review, and when recommended, the Kansas City Health Department will be ready to give those boosters.

The added layer of protection has been approved for three groups of people:  

  • Age 65 and older 
  • Age 16-64 with underlying health conditions
  • Those who work in high-risk jobs  

You can get your booster shot six months after your second dose, and these booster shots are only for people who received the Pfizer vaccination. You can get your COVID booster and your annual flu shot at the same time at these clinics. First and second doses of the COVID vaccine are also available.  

 What you’ll need: 

  • Proof of earlier COVID vaccinations 
  • Insurance isn’t required, but if you have insurance, please bring your information so the health department may be reimbursed for the administration fee. You won’t be charged this fee. 

If you have questions about the booster or need help scheduling an appointment, please call 816-513-1313 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. And remember that walk-ins are always welcomed and encouraged. 

What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional dose?

Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting another dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines.

The CDC recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). HHS has developed a plan to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to people this fall. Implementation of the plan is subject to FDA’s authorization and ACIP’s recommendation. 

KCMO Health Department COVID Booster Shot Clinics:  

KC Health Department 

2400 Troost Ave., Suite 1200  

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  

Knights of Columbus Hall  

5101 Blue Ridge Cutoff   

Monday: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.    

Tuesday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.  

Northland Neighborhoods Inc.  

5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway  

Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.   

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