Kansas City-area Walmarts to offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning Friday

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 5:29 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 19:22:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City-area residents on both sides of the state line are frustrated with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

“I’m on lists everywhere and nobody can help me," said Lynette Fisk, who lives in Pleasant Hill.

Fisk and her husband, Dale, told 41 Action News they've been experiencing issues getting an appointment, and they're not the only ones.

“We’re on their lists. We’re on every list we can be on," Lenexa resident Lester Kerschner said.

For nearly a month, people have been signed up to receive their vaccine, but they have not been notified of their turn.

“It’s frustrating and you know, I feel like there’s nothing I can do about it," Kerschner said.

Limited doses of the vaccine are causing the delay in vaccinations.

Beginning Friday, several Walmart and Sam's Club locations across the Kansas City metro will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I went online to Walmart because in the paper today it says Walmart is going to have them and I was able to get appointments next week at Walmart in Independence," Lynette Fisk said.

Eligible people can schedule an appointment at a nearby location to receive their vaccine as long as doses last.

Vaccines will be available to those who meet the current phase of vaccine eligibility in the state at no cost.

“It means that we can get together with our family again, so it’s just, it means a lot," Dale Fisk said.

Vaccine appointments at Walmart and Sam's Club are made possible through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.