Wyandotte County is confident it can vaccinate thousands over the next few weeks

January 28, 2021
In The News

Wyandotte County is confident it can vaccinate thousands over the next few weeks. Of course, it all depends upon supply.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said that a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine is holding up progress on fighting the virus.

"We don't care who you are or where you are in Wyandotte County, if you're a resident, I want your arm and I want to stick a needle into it," said Bob Bennett, director of vaccinations for Wyandotte County.

Bennett said his goal is to vaccinate 25,000 county residents a week. But that requires a key ingredient in short supply.

"We don't have enough vaccines in Wyandotte County, in Johnson County, in Kansas or Missouri. And that's the issue that we absolutely have got to be focused on," Davids said,

Davids was at the center at 78th Street and State Avenue. Wyandotte County wants to open two more centers, but again, supply will dictate that.

The county is trying to make sure its very diverse population gets a fair chance at getting a shot. There is even a committee helping with that.

"It's not just another committee. It's a very practical approach to make sure we're getting the information and experience into our decision making," said Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey.

But they have no control over vaccine supplies. Nobody does locally. The whole metro, both states, everywhere, hoping that the vaccine production and distribution improves.

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