County apologizes for seniors having to wait outside in cold for COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgKMBC-TVBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(KANSAS CITY) — County officials in Kansas apologized after seniors had to wait for hours in freezing temperatures to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.The county expanded vaccine eligibility to residents ages 80 and above this week. Many of those waiting in line outside the Johnson County Health Department-run vaccine clinic in Shawnee on Tuesday could be seen requiring assistance or the use of a walker.“I thought maybe we could have [been] facilitated better inside with seating,” Kristy Coonfield, who waited for an appointment Tuesday, told ABC Kansas City affiliate KMBC. “They did try to accommodate as well as they could.”County officials quickly apologized for the inconvenience.“We are pleased to see the enthusiasm and interest in vaccines, but I first want to start by apologizing for the logistics in how it was implemented today,” County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson said Tuesday during a media briefing. “It was not what our county expects or deserves, and it will be different tomorrow and going forward.”To address the issues, additional staff and “better traffic control” were planned for Wednesday, Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, said during the briefing. The department was also working to ensure that people could wait in their car until their appointment.“You have a right to expect good customer service from us, you have the right to expect comfort while we are providing the vaccines to you,” Areola said.On Wednesday, the experience was the “opposite,” officials said.“We had more staff onsite to assist people, used warming buses, tents and shuttles from the parking lot,” Lori Sand, a spokesperson for the county manager’s office, told ABC News. “Feedback has been very complimentary and appreciative.”The clinic also opened a half-hour early to accommodate those who showed up over an hour before their appointment, she said.The vaccination site — located in a sports complex — administered 1,778 vaccines on Tuesday and 1,600 on Wednesday. The county has fully booked its 7,584 available slots this week, which are available to those ages 80 and up as well as people from Phase 1 who are receiving their first or second dose of vaccine.Areola urged residents who do not have an appointment to stay home, after “quite a few” people without one showed up on Tuesday.“We are asking that you exercise patience with us,” he said. “Don’t show up without an appointment so that our plans and processes are minimally disrupted.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Keane tells young stars to relax

first_img Press Association “In terms of work-rate and showing a lot of energy, you can’t fault them – you couldn’t fault anybody for that. But in terms of keeping the ball, it’s almost impossible because you are playing against a team that just keeps the ball and it is very hard to get it from them.” Spain ultimately ran out 2-0 winners, but not without a good deal of huffing and puffing and a measure of good fortune thrown in. They could have been out of sight given the possession they had, but had to wait until the 69th-minute for substitute Roberto Soldado to volley them in front. However, they lived dangerously thereafter with Ireland substitute James McClean forcing Iker Casillas, who had replaced Victor Valdes after 59 minutes, to make an instinctive save 10 minutes from time. From the resulting corner, Casillas had to react smartly once again to turn Stephen Kelly’s near-post header on to the crossbar, but he could do nothing to prevent defender Sean St Ledger from sliding home the rebound, only for a offside flag to come to the keeper’s rescue. The Republic’s disappointment was complete when Juan Mata added a second goal two minutes from time, although Keane, who played in the 4-0 defeat by Vicente Del Bosque’s men at the Euro 2012 finals in Poland last summer, was philosophical in defeat. He said: “If they have that much possession, they are going to have chances. It’s just a matter of time. It was a shame when they did score, but it’s one of those things. The ‘equaliser’ – I think it was just offside, but I think we can take more positives from this game, certainly than from the one a year ago. “It was a good experience for a lot of the younger players. The lads conducted themselves very well. They showed a lot of energy.” The 22-year-old Wigan midfielder and his Derby sidekick, who is a year younger, found themselves thrust into battle which Spain’s Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta at Yankee Stadium during the early hours of Wednesday morning. It was a battle they simply could not win despite their tireless efforts to stem the flow, but Keane has insisted they should not be hard on themselves, and he said: “It’s very difficult. You can’t judge yourself on these games because you don’t have possession of the ball. center_img Robbie Keane has told emerging Ireland stars James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick not to worry too much about a testing 90 minutes in New York.last_img read more

North Tipperary CCC to decide on Senior Hurling replay.

first_imgIt’s the first North final to go to a replay since 1996 – the details for the replay will be decided at this evening’s North Board CCC Meeting. Nenagh Éire Óg and Burgess will have to do it all again, after they couldn’t be separated in yesterday’s game at McDonagh Park.It finished Nenagh Éire Óg 1-20 Burgess 2-.17.Two goals in the second half from Damien O’ Brien and Brian Hogan looked to be sending Burgess towards victory, before Nenagh substitute Paul Ryan struck with the equalising goal in the fourth minute of injury time. Other results from across the county.Mid Intermediate Hurling Final – Thurles Sarsfields 2-14 Moyne/Templetuohy 1-12South Junior A Hurling Final – St. Patrick’s 1-19 Skeheenarinky 0-13County Intermediate Hurling “Relegation – Kilsheelan-Kilcash 1-12   Grangemockler Ballyneale 1-6Mid Tipperary Junior A Football Championship – Loughmore-Castleiney 2-12   Boherlahan-Dualla 0-4.last_img read more