Gov. Parson: Missouri in talks to use Arrowhead Stadium as COVID-19 mass vaccination location

Gov. Parson: Missouri in talks to use Arrowhead Stadium as COVID-19 mass vaccination location
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During a Tuesday visit to the Kansas City metro area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state is in the early stages of setting up a mass vaccination event at Arrowhead Stadium.Parson didn’t have official details yet, but he did indicate the event would be coordinated by the Missouri National Guard. Parson also said the state would use the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine to protect 6,000 people a day.In early February, Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the team is in talks to use the stadium as a mass vaccination site.”We’ve been talking about it for about six weeks now – county, city and state,” Donovan said. “As you have seen, there are a lot of different pieces to that puzzle. We’ve been in discussion with all the pieces and in every discussion. We’ve been very proactive in saying, ‘We’re here, we’re ready.'”Donovan said in February there are still a lot of logistics to figure out about how and when the stadium would host mass vaccinations, but he did say the Chiefs will do whatever it takes to help Kansas City, Jackson County and the state of Missouri to make it happen.During the November election, the Chiefs said they had around 40 election workers and 50 staffers to use the stadium as a polling location. Donovan said he anticipates it would take much more than that to host a mass vaccination site.”I imagine with the rollout of vaccines, from what I’ve seen at least, the markets it’s going to be much more than that,” Donovan said. “And because of what we’re dealing with vaccines and registering and making sure it’s the right person, it’s going to take a lot of support on their side.”Parson has come under fire recently for the fact the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas each have received slightly fewer vaccines than what should be allotted by percentage of population – 2% and 3% less. The Cape Girardeau area has received 2% more vaccines than its population.Parson rejects the criticism.”We are getting that vaccine to St. Louis just as much as we are to the rural areas, just as much as we are getting to Kansas City, and the last thing we need is there to be some kind of divide between rural Missouri and urban,” Parson said.

During a Tuesday visit to the Kansas City metro area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state is in the early stages of setting up a mass vaccination event at Arrowhead Stadium.

Parson didn’t have official details yet, but he did indicate the event would be coordinated by the Missouri National Guard. Parson also said the state would use the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine to protect 6,000 people a day.

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In early February, Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the team is in talks to use the stadium as a mass vaccination site.

“We’ve been talking about it for about six weeks now – county, city and state,” Donovan said. “As you have seen, there are a lot of different pieces to that puzzle. We’ve been in discussion with all the pieces and in every discussion. We’ve been very proactive in saying, ‘We’re here, we’re ready.'”

Donovan said in February there are still a lot of logistics to figure out about how and when the stadium would host mass vaccinations, but he did say the Chiefs will do whatever it takes to help Kansas City, Jackson County and the state of Missouri to make it happen.

During the November election, the Chiefs said they had around 40 election workers and 50 staffers to use the stadium as a polling location. Donovan said he anticipates it would take much more than that to host a mass vaccination site.

“I imagine with the rollout of vaccines, from what I’ve seen at least, the markets it’s going to be much more than that,” Donovan said. “And because of what we’re dealing with vaccines and registering and making sure it’s the right person, it’s going to take a lot of support on their side.”

Parson has come under fire recently for the fact the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas each have received slightly fewer vaccines than what should be allotted by percentage of population – 2% and 3% less. The Cape Girardeau area has received 2% more vaccines than its population.

Parson rejects the criticism.

“We are getting that vaccine to St. Louis just as much as we are to the rural areas, just as much as we are getting to Kansas City, and the last thing we need is there to be some kind of divide between rural Missouri and urban,” Parson said.

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