KCMO Health Director believes it will be months until general public could be vaccinated

Dr. Rex Archer said it could possibly start before May or June.
COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 6:46 AM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 23:12:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The general public in Kansas City, Missouri will continue to wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Rex Archer with the Kansas City Health Department said when they project how many people are still left in Phase 1-A, 1-B and tiers 1 and 2, the city will not get to tier 3 which is all Missouri residents for a while.

"If they’re not in any of those categories, before we get to the general public, I would be surprised if it’s before May or even June," Dr. Rex Archer, KCMO Health Department Director said. "The message people need to hear is that Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, they got this outbreak and pandemic under control before there was vaccine. So, you can protect yourself if you do all the things we’re suggesting, like masking and even double masking."

That poses the question of why there is a delay in the vaccinations.

"There are some challenges getting it out and so forth. This cold weather snap has hurt a little bit in regard to delivery. We have places that are canceling their clinics this week because they didn’t get their doses," Dr. Archer said. "We still haven't gotten our vaccine and may have to cancel some of our clinics next week. We’re watching that very closely right now."

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