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COVID-19 Vaccine at Children's Mercy

Updated: February 16, 2021

Children’s Mercy is continuing to follow the vaccine rollout plans developed by Missouri and Kansas. In following the plans, we have been able over the past few weeks to vaccinate our employees. 

We will continue to keep this page updated as additional information becomes available. You can also check the websites of your local health department to learn more about their plan for vaccine distribution.

Vaccinations for patients

New update available:

We are excited to begin vaccinating some of our patients. Currently, we are only able to vaccinate patients 16 and older with one of the following active diagnoses.

When can my child get the vaccine?

If your child falls into one of the categories, Children's Mercy will reach out to you to discuss and schedule vaccination at the Adele Hall campus as we have vaccine available. You do not need to call us or sign up, your care team will contact you. We will continue to keep you posted as other patients become eligible for the vaccine based on the guidelines of the state plans.

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Heart conditions
  • Weakened immune system due to organ transplant
  • Severe obesity (BMI >40)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome

Assisting in the community

New update available:

We are now working with community leaders, local health departments, school districts and local health care systems to assist with vaccination of teachers and other areas of employment that provide services to children.

If you have further questions about eligibility for this phase of vaccination, please work through your school district or your local health department.

Find the plan for your area

All states have developed plans. You can also check the websites of your local health department to learn more about their plan for vaccine distribution.

See the Kansas plan


See the Missouri plan

Watch a special message from Children's Mercy to members of the Black community.

Watch a short video and learn about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Find instructions to follow after your child receives the COVID-19 vaccination.

Questions about the vaccine? We've compiled answers to frequently asked questions we receive.

Making needle procedures more comfortable

Before your child’s COVID-19 vaccine shot, learn about our Comfort Promise and our committment to making your child's experience as comfortable as possible.


COVID-19 vaccine research study

Would you like your child to be registered as a potential participant for a COVID-19 vaccine research study?

If you would like to sign your child(ren) up to be contacted for a future COVID-19 vaccine research study, please complete the survey at the link below. This registry is not a research study and the information you give will not be used for a research study without first contacting you for informed consent. We intend to store your contact information solely for the purpose of contacting you for future research projects.

Please contact Megan Bledsoe, Clinical Trials Coordinator at (816) 960-3007 with any questions.