News to Know (2/3/2021)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Next week, it will begin distributing doses to pharmacies across the country. The goal is ensure that underserved communities have access to the vaccines.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Local nonprofits team up to discuss systemic racism in healthcare. Missouri Healthcare for All and Joplin for Justice held a zoom webinar to discuss the impact systemic racism in healthcare can have on people of color. They discussed how it can cause barriers to healthcare, disparities in care because of implicit bias and so much more. Dola Flek, founding member of Joplin for Justice and a medical social worker, says she sees systemic racism right here in southwest Missouri.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Health Department holds it’s first vaccine clinic, but slots filled up quickly. Officials say they had 252 vaccines to distribute on Tuesday. The vaccines were provided by the Jasper County Health Department. Officials with the department say you need to call or go online to register, and you should do so only when a clinic is announced.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Jopiln gymnastic coach is accused of sexually assaulting a student. Authorities say 45-year-old Kip Johnson, of Joplin committed the crimes in 2018 and 2019. Johnson is charged with two counts of second degree statutory sodomy and one count of furnishing pornography to a minor in Jasper County. He’s also charged with two counts of second degree statutory sodomy in Newton County.


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