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Kinkead’s administers COVID-19 vaccinations

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 3:11 pm

A local business is stepping up to do it part in the fight against COVID-19.

Those hoping for protection beyond masks, handwashing and social distancing began arriving at Kinkaid’s Pharmacy 8 a.m. Thursday to receive the first of a two-part vaccination.

The World Health Organization said the vaccine is 92 percent effective against the virus that has already, according to the Centers for Disease Control, killed at least 500,000 people in the United States.

It will be administered, in 0.5 ml injections, to 100 people between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.

Mike Kinkead, owner and operator of Kinkead’s said 100 people would be receiving the vaccination

Trevor Kinkead, right, administering a vaccination to Cheryl Elsbury.

because that is how many doses the pharmacy was allotted.

The explanation for why the pharmacy received 100 doses is simple, and, complex.

The simple answer is that is how many the government, in this case, Columbia/Boone County Health and Senior Services allotted Kinkead’s.

“The federal government determines how much each state gets and the state government determines where it goes after that.”

Kinkead said pharmacies such as his are required to obtain the vaccine trough an agency called Show-Me Vax, which he said oversees all the COVID-19 vaccines in Missouri.

Businesses that want to administer the vaccine apply every Wednesday for an allotment and, usually by that Sunday, receive a notice if they will receive some or not.

Kinkead said they had received the denial notice, then he was contacted by Boone County Health.

For the complete article, see next weeks’ edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.