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Our Healthy KC Eastside To Focus On Vaccine Outreach And Distribution

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 A white health worker masked and wearing a white medical coat is seated at a folding table administering a vaccination to a masked man of color also seated at the table wearing a Chiefs ball cap with his right arm out of his jacket.
Carlos Moreno
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KCUR
The new federally funded initiative from Jackson County called "Our Healthy KC Eastside" aims to meet people where they are at in order to bridge the divide in vaccination inequity.

As the CDC adjusts its mask guidelines and restrictions around Kansas City are loosened, vaccination rates among residents of several city neighborhoods are incredibly low.

Some are as low as 15%, and Black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted. To address the issue, Jackson County's legislature has dedicated $5 million of CARES Act funds towards getting vaccines distributed in six Kansas city zip codes through the Our Healthy KC Eastside program.

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