Kansas City government, box store and social service collaboration offers a glimpse at urban core efforts to speed up distribution of the stalled pandemic cure.
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Mayor Quinton Lucas, Walmart, and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City have announced a COVID-19 vaccine partnership that will start this weekend and happened every week for the next six weeks.
This should lead to more than 3,500 Kansas Citians in “zip codes with the lowest life expectancy” getting vaccinated, a release from the city said.
Walmart will host the clinics at a Kansas City YMCA location, using a vaccine allotment provided directly to Walmart by the federal government. The vaccines do not pull from and will not change Kansas City’s weekly vaccine allotment from the state.
“Eligible Kansas Citians will be notified of this vaccination opportunity by the Kansas City Health Department,” the release from the city continues. “For safety and security reasons, the particular YMCA location will be disclosed only to those eligible to receive a vaccine through this partnership. Due to a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, walk-ups will not be accepted.”
Kansas Citians interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should complete the City’s online interest form in English or Spanish, or call 311.
“As my office and the City continue our work to ensure equitable vaccine distribution, I am proud this vaccine allotment through our partnership with Walmart will be getting to Kansas Citians who need vaccines the most,” said Mayor Lucas. “The Kansas City Health Department has identified and has begun notifying eligible Kansas Citians of this opportunity via email and phone call, to ensure those without regular access to internet who need a vaccine will not be skipped over. As we continue vaccine rollout, we will not leave anyone behind. I thank Walmart, the YMCA, and our COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for their quick and diligent work, and I look forward to continued partnerships such as this moving forward.”
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