KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas received the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
The city made the announcement Friday morning.
Lucas received the first dose of the Moderna version of the vaccine.
“I opted to receive the COVID vaccine not only to keep those around me safe, but because I think it’s important for everybody throughout our many different communities in Kansas City to know that the vaccine is safe, that it’s a fairly easy, painless process, and that this is the next step to addressing COVID-19—making sure our community is safe very broadly,” he said in a release.
The mayor also tried to address any fears people may have about the vaccine.
“I know that in some communities—certainly the African American community I’m from and others—some have had some concerns about the vaccine: it’s safety and whether it’s something they should do. I’m here to say that you should. It’s pretty painless, and, importantly, it’s an important tool that’s really going to help our community overcome COVID-19," he said in the release. "As vaccine rollout continues throughout our community, effective, efficient and equitable distribution will be a top priority of Kansas City government in this new year.”
The city also shared a video of Lucas receiving the vaccine.