Mass vaccination site to open in Kansas City’s Northland this week

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three metro hospitals are joining together to open a mass vaccination site in the Northland this week, hoping to vaccinate thousands of people.

Missouri’s Department of Health and Human Services says Truman Medical Center, Liberty Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital are joining together to hold a week-long clinic starting today. They expect to be able to vaccinate as many as 5,000 people a week. A second round will be held the week of Feb. 15.

Other vaccination clinics will be held at HCA Health System and St. Luke’s Health System hospitals, as well as hospitals in Sedalia, Harrisonville, Marshall and Clinton, the weeks of Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

Anyone interested in getting a vaccine needs to fill out an interest form found on the Clay County Health Department’s website. That includes people who do not live in Clay County. The only way to schedule an appointment for a vaccine is to fill out this interest form. An appointment is mandatory to receive a vaccine at this clinic.

“We are committed to fairly allocating doses in regions throughout the state and working with vaccinators to ensure efficient administration of the vaccine,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Our partnership with the selected hospitals will help provide the consistency needed for effective planning of high-volume vaccine clinics to occur at the local level.”

Missouri officials stated it is committing about 53% of weekly allocations it receives from the government to these hospitals. Other vaccines are shipped to state-run vaccination sites, like the one in Sedalia, Missouri.

The state said that, as the vaccine supply increases, all hospitals and community providers who have the interest and capability will be engaged to ensure successful mass vaccine delivery efforts in Missouri.

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