Quarterly Newsletter
Spring 2021
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MAIC hosts COVID vaccine clinics

Hundreds were vaccinated April 9 and 10 at our COVID vaccine clinic, sponsored by Walgreens and located at El Centro -- a long-time partner of Nurture KC. The clinic received extensive news coverage, across major KC networks, for going to the heart of the Latino community which has been underserved so far. Check out one of the stories in this Fox 4 news segment.

“When we talk about access, it’s more than vaccine availability,” said Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “It’s making sure we are at a location where people can get to, and we're with a community partner that’s trusted. We have bilingual speakers there. So that’s the access we’re talking about. It’s going to people in need rather than expecting them to come to a clinical setting.”

Our next COVID vaccine clinic is at El Verbo de Dio (a church), located at 700 Washington Blvd. in Kansas City, Kansas on:
  • Friday, April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This clinic is by appointment only because Walgreens will be administering the 2-dose Pfizer vaccine. Any Kansas resident, age 16 and older, can register for an appointment on April 23 or 24 (first dose), then a follow-up appointment on May 14 or 15 (second dose). All appointment days and times are on this registration link.

Nurture KC/MAIC will be hosting more COVID vaccine clinics, so keep an eye out on the news and on our social media channels -- Facebook and Twitter!
Register for Quarterly Meeting

What can you do to combat vaccine hesitancy around COVID-19? Learn from experts at our upcoming Quarterly Meeting on May 5. Register here to attend this virtual event.

Vaccines Medical Director at Pfizer, Angee McDaniel, PharmD, will discuss the importance of building confidence in vaccination and tips on how to dispel rumors of its effectiveness.

Daynelle Martin, PhD, is a Medical Science Liaison representing Moderna. She will explain the technology behind mRNA vaccines and how these vaccines are 100 percent effective in preventing severe cases of COVID-19.

All registered attendees will receive a Combating COVID-19 Misinformation kit from MAIC that includes a presentation and printable flyers.
Legislative updates for KS and MO

What started a few years ago as an occasional debate in the political realm on the efficacy of immunization has morphed into the primary arena for efforts to dilute vaccine protections. Both Kansas and Missouri have embraced this trend, culminating in an assortment of bills taking aim at immunization. Against the backdrop of a pandemic, vaccination critics have seized an opportunity to cast doubt on the rapid development of the COVID vaccines and parlay that hesitancy into an attack on all current and future vaccines. 

In Kansas, SB 212 presents the biggest threat, removing the authority of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to determine the vaccination schedule and placing it with the legislature. If adopted, Kansas would be the first in the nation to take an approach that foregoes an evidence-based process and replaces it with one that values political considerations over public health. There was an attempt to add the contents of SB 212 to another bill on the floor of the senate that barely failed on a 17-18 vote. While this is a temporary win for public health, it is troubling that a bill that failed to garner committee approval only one year ago only came up two votes short in the full senate this year.

In Missouri, the anti-vaccination legislation goes even further. HB 37 lifts requirements for current vaccinations for children in private schools and day care centers. The legislation adds a broader category to gain exemption from vaccination and requires the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS) to develop an exemption form and market it on their web site, undermining the mission of the MODHSS to encourage and enforce vaccinations.

Both states are also considering bills that prohibit employers from requiring vaccinations, an infringement on employer rights and a reduction in protection from disease for business patrons. There are many vulnerable populations that might risk exposure such as medical patients and nursing home residents, and anyone who is immunocompromised under such a policy.

To view all vaccination legislation, MAIC legislative testimony, and an infographic on HB 37, visit the Nurture KC members’ only web page at https://nurturekc.org/members/.
This resource will inform your outreach to legislators at a critical juncture in the Kansas and Missouri sessions.  
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