Looking for information on where to get the Covid vaccine in Kansas City? Check out this blog post for the latest details on locations and availability.
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The Different Types of Vaccines
There are several types of vaccines available to the public. The most common vaccine is the inactivated vaccine. This vaccine is made from a dead virus and is injected into the muscle. A subunit vaccine is made from pieces of the virus and is injected into the muscle. The recombinant vaccine is made from a live, weakened virus and is injected into the skin.
Inactivated vaccines are made with viruses or bacteria that have been killed. The polio vaccine is an example of an inactivated vaccine. Because these vaccines cannot cause infection, they are considered very safe for pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. However, they may not be as effective as live attenuated vaccines in stimulating immunity.
A live-attenuated vaccine (sometimes called a LAV) is made from a weakened form of the virus or bacteria used for immunization. The weakened viruses or bacteria are unable to cause serious illness in people with normal immune systems. The advantage of LAVs is that they often provide lifelong immunity with a single dose and can be given orally. Disadvantages include the possibility of transmitting the vaccine virus to people with compromised immune systems and the need to be stored under refrigeration.
Currently available LAVs include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, Rotavirus (an intestinal infection that primarily affects young children), and some influenza vaccines. The nasal spray influenza vaccine contains a live-attenuated virus and is only recommended for healthy people aged 2-49 years old.
The Different Stages of Vaccine Trials
Drugs go through different stages of testing before they are available for public use. The same process applies to vaccines. There are generally four different phases for vaccine trials. The first phase is designed to assess safety and immunogenicity. The second phase is a small, controlled study to see if the vaccine is effective. The third phase is a larger, efficacy trial. The fourth phase is post-marketing surveillance, which takes place after the vaccine is licensed.
The first phase of a vaccine clinical trial is small, involving around 20-80 healthy individuals. The purpose of this phase is to assess the vaccine’s safety and tolerability in humans. Studies in this phase will also provide some initial information on the vaccine’s ability to provoke an immune response.
If the vaccine is well tolerated and appears to be safe in Phase 1, it will move on to Phase 2.
Phase 2 trials are larger, involving several hundred people. These studies provide more information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine and help to determine the best dosage. They may also help to identify any uncommon side effects.
If a vaccine candidate is shown to be safe and effective in Phase 2, it will move on to Phase 3.
The final stage of clinical trials, Phase 3 trials involve several thousand people at sites across the country. These studies provide more definitive information on the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine candidate. They may also help to identify any uncommon side effects. If a vaccine is shown to be safe and effective in Phase 3, it may be approved for use by the general public.
After a potential vaccine has shown to be safe in a small group of people in Phase 1, it then needs to be tested in a larger group of people to see if it is effective in preventing disease. This is called Phase 2.
In Phase 2 trials, the vaccine is given to a few hundred people. The participants are typically diverse in terms of age, race, and gender. They may also have different medical conditions that put them at higher risk for the disease the vaccine is meant to prevent.
The goal of a Phase 2 trial is to see if the vaccine is safe and causes the immune system to produce antibodies against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections.
To find out if a vaccine works, researchers compare the number of people who get sick with the virus after receiving the vaccine with the number of people who get sick after receiving a placebo (a “fake” vaccine that does not contain any active ingredients).
If more people who receive the vaccine become ill with the virus than those who receive the placebo, then the vaccine is not effective and further testing is halted. However, if fewer people who receive the vaccine become ill with the virus, then the vaccine might be effective and it will move on to Phase 3 testing.
In the United States, a Phase III clinical trial is a type of study that looks at the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine in humans. These trials are conducted after a Phase I safety study and a Phase II effectiveness study have shown promising results.
Phase III clinical trials involve large numbers of people, often several thousand, and are conducted at multiple sites around the country. The goal of these trials is to confirm the vaccine’s efficacy and help determine any potential side effects.
Participants in a Phase III clinical trial are typically randomly assigned to receive either the vaccine or a placebo (a “dummy” injection that does not contain the active ingredient). The groups are then monitored over several months to see if there are any differences in outcomes, such as contracting the disease or developing serious side effects.
If a vaccine is shown to be safe and effective in Phase III clinical trials, it can then be submitted for approval to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Where to Get the Vaccine in Kansas City
If you’re looking to get the Covid vaccine in Kansas City, there are a few options. You can go to a local pharmacy, or you can make an appointment at a clinic. There are also a few drive-thru locations. Let’s take a look at all of the options.
The University of Kansas Hospital
The University of Kansas Hospital is the only hospital in the Kansas City area that is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to the general public. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 913-588-5000 or by visiting the hospital’s website. The hospital is also offering walk-in appointments for those who cannot make a phone call or visit the website.
Truman Medical Centers
Truman Medical Centers (TMC), located in Kansas City, Missouri, is the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in Kansas City. TMC serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Our mission is to provide quality patient care, educate tomorrow’s health care providers and discover innovative ways to enhance the lives of those we serve.
As a safety-net institution, TMC provides a wide range of services to our community, including:
– Adult and pediatric emergency services
– Level I trauma center
– Regional burn center
– Comprehensive cancer center
– Stroke center
– Behavioral health services
– Primary care clinics
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Children’s Mercy Hospital is currently providing the Pfizer vaccine to children 12 and older by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment by visiting their website or calling their vaccine hotline at 816-234-4545.