The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health calls April “National Minority Health Month” to focus attention on the need for vulnerable communities of racial and ethnic minorities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Office of Minority Health notes vaccination against COVID-19 is an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic to an end. The Office has a mission to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Swope Health shares that mission and encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all, especially now, as it is becoming easier to receive a vaccination in Missouri and Kansas. In Missouri and Kansas, all individuals adults age 16 and older are eligible for vaccination.
Swope Health is supporting several free mass vaccination events:
- April 17, Concord Fortress of Hope, by appointment 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at 11050 W. Longview Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64134. Swope Health will offer the Moderna vaccine to Missouri residents age 18 and older. Sign up at https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-april17/
- May 8, Memorial Baptist Church, by appointment Saturday, May 8, at 11424 Hickman Mills Drive, Kansas City, MO 64134. Sign-up details to come: https://swopehealth.org/vaccine-may8/
- Additional events will be added – please check back for details.
If you can’t attend a vaccination event, you can still register for the vaccine:
- In Missouri: use the Missouri Vaccine Navigator (https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/) to make an appointment.
- Kansas residents: Contact your county health department or find other options at the Vaccine Finder (https://vaccinefinder.org/).
- The Mid-America Regional Council operates Prepare Metro, a website with lists of vaccination providers and other information.