Missourians with sensory needs are invited to receive vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccination, at sensory inclusive pop-up events in partnership with 10 local public health agencies and pharmacies throughout Missouri beginning next week.
The scheduled sensory inclusive pop-up vaccination events include:
- Hayti event hosted by Pemiscot County Health Department
- Sept. 12 (morning) – Pemiscot County Health Department at 810 East Reed Street, Hayti
- Cape Girardeau event hosted by Cape Girardeau County Health Department
- Sept. 12 (2-4 p.m.) – Cape Girardeau County Health Department at 1121 Linden Street, Cape Girardeau
- Berkeley event hosted by St. Louis County Health Department
- Sept. 13 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) – John C. Murphy Health Center at 6121 North Hanley Road, Berkeley
- Cuba event hosted by Towne Pharmacy
- Sept. 14 (9-11 a.m.) – Towne Pharmacy at 200 North Franklin Street, Cuba
- Rolla event hosted by Sink’s Select Pharmacy
- Sept. 14 (2-5 p.m.) – Sink’s Select Pharmacy at 1100 S. Bishop Avenue, Rolla
- Springfield event hosted by Springfield-Greene County Health Department
- Sept. 15 (9-11 a.m.) – Westside Public Health Center at 660 South Scenic Avenue, Springfield
- Stockton event hosted by Evan’s Drug and Zumwalt Pharmacy
- Sept. 15 (3-5 p.m.) – Evan’s Drug at 19 Public Square, Stockton
- Sedalia event hosted by Summer’s Pharmacy
- Sept. 16 (9-11 a.m.) – Summer’s Pharmacy at 3400 West Broadway Boulevard, Sedalia
- Warrensburg event hosted by Summer’s Pharmacy
- Sept. 16 (2-5 p.m.) – Summer’s Pharmacy at 61 Burkarth Road, Warrensburg
- Independence event hosted by Independence Health Department
- Sept. 17 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) – Independence City Hall at 111 East Maple Avenue, Independence
“We are excited to partner with KultureCity to bring this sensory inclusive vaccination opportunity to Missouri,” says Vicky Davidson, executive director for the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, “Each vaccination event will have a mobile sensory space available and Sensory Inclusive Medical Training of vaccinators and medical professionals.”
Currently in the United States today, one in six individuals has a sensory processing need. Due to the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with sensory needs, it is important that vaccination environments exist where individuals feel regulated and are able to tolerate a vaccination to the best of their ability. KultureCity is an organization dedicated to creating sensory accessibility and inclusion to events and experiences.
Sensory Activation Vehicle (S.A.V.E.)
KultureCity’s sensory activation vehicle (S.A.V.E) brings a mobile sensory experience to any event that lacks a physical space for a dedicated sensory room. From outdoor events like concerts and baseball games to indoor events like exhibitions and conferences, the S.A.V.E ensures that all guests can be included in all events.
Funding for the sensory inclusive vaccinations events is provided by the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, UMKC Institute for Human Development and Missouri Protection and Advocacy.
As part of the partnership, KultureCity’s Sensory Inclusive Medical training to Missouri’s state vaccinators free of charge to expand sensory accessibility and support for medical professionals.
The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council is a federally funded 23-member consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life. To learn more or to get involved, visit www.moddcouncil.org.