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Truman Med/University Health nurse becomes the first in Kansas City to receive the new COVID vaccine

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A registered nurse at Truman Medical Centers/University Health (TMC/UH) became the first person in the Kansas City area to receive the vaccine for COVID-19.

“It feels like a little bit of hope, a little bit of light, a little bit of chance that we might start to see some healing and see some people truly getting better,” said nurse Sarah Kiehl.

The vaccine arrived under tight security at the hospital. TMC/UH did not waste time administering the vaccine to frontline nurses.

Health care workers in Missouri and Kansas will be the first in distribution plans submitted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At TMC/UH, the first doses will be given to the staff like Kiehl who work directly with COVID patients.

Kiehl has worked three of her six years at TMC/UH in the Intensive Care Unit. She encouraged others to get the vaccine. State officials predict the vaccine will become available to the general public in the spring of 2021.