KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The University of Kansas Health System says that they have 8,000 vaccine appointments available. 

The appointments are open to "anyone who lives in Kansas or works in Johnson County," they say. 

"The bottom line is, any resident of Kansas - please call to get an appointment whether you are our patient or not. And, if you live in Missouri or elsewhere and work in JoCo, come get a shot," they say.

They say there are three ways to get an appointment: 

  • Visit kansashealthsystem.com/vaccine
  • Call 913-588-1227
  • If you are already a patient within their network of hospitals, go to the MyChart website or app and get an appointment. 

"We are doing clinics seven days a week, various locations," they say. "Folks will learn where to go when they make their appointment."

"We've gone from people anxious about getting the shot to having thousands sitting on the shelf," says Jill Chadwick with the University of Kansas Health System. "[We] need to get this vaccine into arms."

Why are thousands of appointments open? 

Dr. David Wild from the University of Kansas Health System says supply is no longer an issue for the hospital. 

“The thought, the planning around when an increase in vaccine supply would happen, those dates were later out," he said. "So, now we have more than we planned for and we hadn’t built up the infrastructure to recruit people at the right time to fill them.”

He says that increased supply, vaccine hesitancy and people not knowing when slots are available have led to the increase. 

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