What to know about COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups as Missouri adjusts rollout

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 20:45:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several Kansas City-area hospitals are currently putting together plans for mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Missourians.

The state announced a new roll out plan Monday, which will send 53% of weekly vaccine doses to selected hospitals. The Missouri Hospital Association said the hospitals that were selected have the capability to administer 5,000 vaccines per week.

The hospitals in the Kansas City area that were selected include:

  • Truman Medical Center
  • Liberty Hospital
  • North Kansas City Hospital
  • HCA Health System
  • Saint Luke's Health System

The plan also includes Bothwell Regional Medical Center in Sedalia, Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton.

As hospitals work to finalize how they will conduct the mass vaccine clinics, 41 Action News is working to clear up confusion about where people should sign up for a vaccine.

Under the state's new plan, local public health agencies will still receive 8 percent of the weekly doses.

A spokesperson for the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department said residents should fill out the vaccine form on its website if they haven't done so already.

Keep in mind, you should not expect to get an appointment if you aren't in the current tier. The department is sorting people based on eligibility.

The spokesperson said if you receive a call about an appointment and you're not currently eligible, you should cancel it so it goes to someone who is. There's no need to worry about not getting contacted in the future. The department has a sorting system and it will contact people who have not received the vaccine when they are eligible.

Dave Dillon, spokesperson for the Missouri Hospital Association, said people should pay attention to the mass vaccine plans that selected hospitals are working on and are expected to announce in the next few days.

"Once that is done I think citizens can determine whether that is the right place to get it," Dillon said.

Dillon said people should continue to sign up for vaccines through local public health departments.

"If a mass vaccination event doesn't fit your schedule or if it isn't geographically close, it's still worth checking in to see if the other normal places you might expect to get a vaccine are having vaccine availability," Dillon said.

In Clay County, county and city leaders are partnering with Cerner and Liberty Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital to begin mass vaccine clinics this week.

A spokesperson for North Kansas City told 41 Action News officials have received 4,500 doses of vaccine for the clinics, which will be based at Cerner and begin Thursday.

Clay County residents can fill out a form on the county health department's website. People will be contacted in the order in which they signed up.

A spokesperson for Cass County said the health department and hospitals are encouraging everyone who wants the vaccine to fill out the vaccine notification survey on the health department website.

The county is using its list to fill any appointments it has available and to aid hospitals in filling their mass vaccine clinics.

41 Action News reached out to health departments in Jackson and Platte counties to find out where residents should sign up for vaccines. There had been no response by 6 p.m.