Phase 5: All Kansas residents 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas and Missouri are opening the vaccine to more people this week. Kansans who are 16 and older will be eligible to get the vaccine. 

Governor Laura Kelly announced the final step of the state’s vaccine plan, Phase 5, would begin on March 29. The phase allows anyone who has not yet been vaccinated and is at least 16 years old to get the shot.

On top of that, people who live in Wyandotte County can get vaccinated with or without an appointment

The Unified Government Public Health Department operates three vaccination clinics, and residents can either walk in or make an appointment starting Monday.

  • East location: The Armory, 100 S. 20th St., Kansas City, Kan.
  • Central location: Former Kmart, 7836 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
  • West location: Former Best Buy, 10500 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kan.

The clinics run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“I haven’t gotten it,” Luis Sanchez said. “We plan to get it, yes, definitely.”

Sanchez and his 16 year old plan to get vaccinated this week. He wanted to wait to take the whole family to get their shots. 

It’s time now that Kansas opened eligibility to people 16 and older starting March 29.

“Yes, I think it’s very important,” Mckenzie Sanchez, 16, said. “I think I will get it done.”

“It will make it a lot easier, too,” Sanchez said. “It all depends on schedules for people, you know, for families, if their parents are working or not.”

Residents will need to show proof of residency and minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minors must also be able to verify their age.

“It feels like I’m doing my part. It feels like I’m protecting myself from something that could potentially harm me and of course anyone else in my family that want to get it done and if they don’t that’s perfectly fine,” Mckenzie said.

Mckenzie admits she’s a little nervous to get the shot but wants to do it in honor of her grandfather.

The 83 year old died due to COVID-19 last year. 

“It was kind of rough with all that. So, I’m glad that more people are getting the opportunity to be safe from it,” Mckenzie said.

In Missouri on Monday, Gov. Mike Parson activates Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan.

That includes people in the chemical sector, food and agriculture, higher education and the homeless. 

Phase 2: Equity & Economic Recovery – Accelerating equitable economic growth

  • Chemical sector
  • Commercial facilities sector
  • Critical manufacturing sector
  • Defense industrial base sector
  • Financial services sector
  • Food & agriculture sector 2
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Disproportionately affected
  • Homeless

Then, Friday, April 9, all adults who live in Missouri will be eligible for the vaccine. 

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