City of Independence, Missouri

City issues Public Health Advisory

The City of Independence has issued a Public Health Advisory. We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the KC Metro and State of Missouri related to the growth of the Delta Variant.
 
At this time the population most at risk are those that are not yet vaccinated, particularly children under the age of 12, but it is important that we all take steps to protect ourselves and others in the community, regardless of vaccination status.
 
We strongly encourage taking the following steps:
• Wear a mask while visiting indoor public places, no matter your vaccination status.
• Get vaccinated as soon as possible. Parents are encouraged to take their children aged 12 or older to get vaccinated.
o The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people 12 and older.
o Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines are approved for people 18 and older.
o Parental/custodial consent forms are required for anyone under the age of 18.
• If you are sick, please stay home. Additionally, get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if you think you only have a cold or allergies.
• Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when around people who may not be fully vaccinated. While people 12 and older are eligible for vaccination, that doesn’t mean everyone is. While in large groups or at events, don’t assume everyone around you is vaccinated.
• Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
• Talk to your friends and family about the importance of getting the vaccine. For parents of children younger than 12 who can’t be vaccinated, the best way to protect your child is to make sure the adults around them are vaccinated.
As a reminder, no vaccine is 100% effective; however, the COVID-19 vaccines are proven to significantly reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
 
To find information about vaccination locations and to read the FAQ, please visit indep.us/vaccines.
*Modified from Boone County/Columbia, MO Public Health Advisory*