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Nurture KC and Walgreens are hosting 2 free COVID vaccine clinics on:

— Friday, April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.
— Saturday, April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both clinics will take place at El Centro’s Academy for Children, located at 1340 S. 30th Street in Kansas City, KS. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome! However, if you would like to schedule an appointment, click here or scan the below QR code with your mobile phone.

These clinics are open to Kansas residents age 18 and older. Recipients will receive the one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and will need to bring a form of ID (e.g., driver’s license) and insurance card if they have one. No one will be turned away – even if they do not have insurance.

Questions? Please email Shelby Ostrom, Program Director of Mid America Immunization Coalition, (a program of Nurture KC) at sostrom@nurturekc.org.

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This week Sen. Mark Steffen advocated for legislation prohibiting the state health secretary from requiring new immunizations for children to attend school or day care. Under current law, students are required to receive certain immunizations before they attend school. The secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can amend the list should the need arise.

We’re sharing excerpts of an article by Noah Taborda that appeared in the Kansas Reflector on why Nurture KC opposes this legislation – Senate Bill 212.

“Pediatricians and school nurses defended the decision-making process for the required vaccination list. Like proponents, they worried about politicization of the issue but instead thought the bill would only further intensify the politicization.

Shelby Ostrom, program director for the Mid America Immunization Coalition, which provides advocacy on the benefits of vaccines, said continued oversight by KDHE separate from the legislative process was vital in maintaining and improving public health in Kansas.

‘There is a rigorous process already in place, grounded in science, which best serves Kansans,’ Ostrom said. ‘This is a process that has and should continue to be separate from the political arena.’”

Click “read more” to see this entire article.

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Click “read more” below to see testimony from Shelby Ostrom, MAIC Program Director, in opposition to Senate Bill 212. This bill would ban the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) from requiring new vaccines for Kansas school children. Her testimony was presented to Chairman Hilderbrand and members of the Committee on Public Health and Welfare. Please help us oppose Bill 212!

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Nurture KC News February 5, 2021

Some cute kids in our Healthy Start program rooting for Patrick Mahomes and our KC Chiefs to win the Super Bowl this weekend! #REDfriday










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