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KCMO extends mask mandate, works to increase vaccinations – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-10-07 18:15:05 –

Kansas City, Missouri — The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri voted 10 to 1 to extend the obligation to indoor masks until November 4.

Mayor Quinton Lucas told reporters Wednesday that increasing vaccination was the best way to prevent future extension orders.

“If we get people vaccinated, this is probably something we don’t have to deal with for another order extension,” Lucas said.

According to the Kansas City Health Department, more than 46% of the population is fully vaccinated and more than 53% of the population is vaccinated at least once.

“All our population still has a long way to go,” said Frank Thompson, Interim Health Director.

During a meeting of the Council Committee on Wednesday, Thompson provided a racial breakdown of vaccinations. This shows that African Americans are missing behind whites and Hispanics.

Thompson said misinformation and lack of access among unvaccinated people were a factor.

“It doesn’t matter if the information is there or is it there,” Thompson said. “What does an individual need to make that decision?”

The Samuel Rogers Health Center is an organization working to convince people to roll up their sleeves and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Most people at least listen and many are open to it, but we can see more that we are seeing more fear,” said Samuel Rogers Health Center community advocate. Rory Kirk said.

Kirk said fear replaces understanding when people face good information. He said the process convinced some people to be vaccinated.

Mayor Lucas said it may be time to get prominent people to promote the safety of the vaccine and persuade others to get vaccinated.

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