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Missouri's 'Vaccine Deserts' | Adult Children Back At Home

Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
A Kansas City resident receives his first shot of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 26 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Portions of the Kansas City metro have limited-to-no access to COVID-19 vaccines and more young adults are living at home now than ever before.

Segment 1, beginning at 9:13: Kansas City is the site of multiple 'vaccine deserts.'

Kansas City and St. Louis have areas with limited-to-no access to the COVID-19 vaccine. And even as more providers start to administer the vaccine, these 'vaccine deserts' are expanding. That's a huge problem — especially as Missouri tries to prioritize equity.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:04: There are benefits and challenges to grown children moving back in with mom and dad to wait out the pandemic.

Five months into the pandemic, the number of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents increased by 2.6 million, surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression. One Kansas City mother and son revealed how the readjustment was going after years of not living under the same roof.

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