COVID-19 vaccines in the Greater Kansas City region

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free. Millions of Americans have been vaccinated and the number is growing.

Vaccination is an important way to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. The COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against severe illness and death. Increasing the number of people who are vaccinated will slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and help prevent new, more concerning variants from emerging.

Research shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. The Pfizer vaccine (now called Comirnaty) was granted full approval for adults ages 18 and over by the federal government after a rigorous evaluation process. All three COVID-19 vaccines are proven effective. After comprehensive analysis of available study data, the FDA and CDC recommended the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-17.

Key vaccine information:

  • Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible for a free vaccination.
  • You should get vaccinated whether or not you’ve had COVID-19.
  • Be sure to get both doses, if you receive a Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, plus a booster.

COVID-19 Vaccine News

Updated vaccine guidance

The CDC has updated its vaccine guidance in light of new data and now recommends eligible individuals receive a mRNA vaccination, when possible. More guidance can be found on the CDC website.

Vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds

The FDA and CDC recommend that children ages 5-11 receive COVID-19 vaccines.  Children’s Mercy has information on pediatric vaccine distribution and tips.

Additional vaccine doses

Third doses

Health and medical experts are recommending a third dose of mRNA COVID vaccines for immunocompromised individuals. Learn more about this announcement on the CDC website.

Booster shots

Booster shots are now recommended for everyone ages 18 and older for all three vaccines authorized in the U.S., in addition Pfizer boosters are available for individuals 12 and older. Learn more about vaccine boosters on the CDC website.

COVID-19 variants

Research indicates that the approved COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19 variants.

Learn more about variants, including the omicron variant.

Find a vaccine in your area

All Kansas and Missouri residents ages 5 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine at this time. In addition to the local resources listed below, the following federal resources are available:

    • Use the Vaccine Finder website to find a vaccination site, get a ride to a vaccine or get answers to questions.
    • Text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get local vaccine information. Or you can call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.

Assistance for older adults

MARC’s information and referral phone line is available to assist older adults in Missouri without internet access who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Assistance for the homebound who need an in-home vaccine is also available. Older Missourians who need assistance can call 816-421-4980 or 800-593-7948. In Kansas, seniors without internet access should call their local public health agency or Area Agency on Aging for assistance.

Transportation support

Free rides are available to vaccine sites. Find a ride through resources offered through the state of Missouri or Lyft.

Local pharmacies

Local commercial pharmacies are also offering vaccinations. In addition to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the following resources are available:

Already vaccinated?

There’s still more you can do to help our community and stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Don’t let your guard down. Stay home when sick, wash your hands regularly,  avoid crowds, maintain distance between yourself and others, and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.
  • Encourage others to get vaccinated. Do you know someone who is hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine? You can provide reassurance and support by talking to them and share credible resources on the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
  • Get social. Help demonstrate that vaccines are safe and effective by sharing your vaccine experience on social media. Vaccinate KC has lots of icons, messages and images available to download as part of their 2 Million Arms campaign. Share your story on Made to Save or spread or spread information from reputable public education campaigns.

Lost your vaccine card?

If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.

If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS).

If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.

This information was updated on Dec. 20, 2021.

Phone: 816-474-4240
600 Broadway, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
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