KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Clinton, Missouri, hospital plans to inoculate 3,000 people with their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Valentine’s Day.
Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare will host two vaccine clinics Saturday, Feb. 13, and one on Sunday, Feb. 14, for individuals with scheduled appointments at the GVMH Outpatient Center, 1600 North Second Street.
"If they meet that state criteria, we are willing to vaccinate them as long as they are from Missouri," GVMH CEO Craig Thompson said. "We just want to get as many vaccinations in as many arms as quickly as possible."
GVMH is part of Missouri's high throughput vaccine program, which means 1,200 COVID-19 doses will be allocated and sent to GVMH every other week.
"Part of the struggle we had prior to being part of this plan was that we were living on a hope and a prayer, hoping we would get doses to schedule people to get vaccinations and the process wasn’t very efficient," Thompson said. "You would schedule people in hopes the doses would occur and not get any doses. Now we can plan around and schedule people around the doses we know that are allocated to come to us."
GVMH held two clinics on Tuesday.
GVMH is following the state’s vaccination plan to determine who can receive the vaccine at this time. Those interested in receiving the vaccine must call 660-324-2995 to schedule an appointment.
The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.