Missouri Activates Next Phase of COVID-19 Vaccination | Coronavirus

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Governor Mike Parson announced Thursday that Missouri is activating the next phase of its multi-tiered COVID-19 vaccination plan, according to a press release.

Phase 1B will be in two levels. Level 1 is expected to begin immediately and will include law enforcement, fire departments and public health professionals, the statement said. The state expects the vaccine supply to increase significantly next week.

Phase 1B level 2 will begin on Monday and will include people at increased risk of serious disease, those 65 years of age and older, any adult with cancer, kidney disease, COPD or d ” an intellectual or developmental disability.

According to Mary Robertson, the public safety staff of the City of St. Joseph’s spokesperson within the city will be vaccinated starting next week with the remaining portion of the 800 Pfizer vaccines that the St. Joseph’s Health Department said. Joseph received earlier this week. Currently, these vaccines are in ultra-cold storage at Mosaic Life Care.

The release says that although phase 1B is activated, there is not enough vaccine for everyone included in these groups. As more supplies arrive, activation will help expand immunization coverage. People who are in phase 1A and phase 1B level 1 must go through their employer or their association to access the vaccine.

For some providers, the issue will be how the supply chain will deliver the vaccines, as the region’s health departments request vaccine allocations from the state. Another concern for Debra Bradley, director of health for St. Joseph, is how the vaccine will be administered in greater numbers.

“I know some communities are using the drive-through option, we’ve spoken internally to the health department… and we think the observation period is an important time, and we want to make sure we do it safely,” Bradley said.

The Tri-County Health Department, which represents Dekalb, Gentry and Worth County, has launched an enrollment survey for those interested in getting a Phase 1B vaccine and currently has nearly 700 enrolled, said Teresa McDonald, administrator of the Tri-County Health Department. .

McDonald said this has generated enough interest to order a delivery of 975 vaccines, which she hopes will arrive next week. She said they have a cold store and are working with Mosaic Albany to set up clinics to vaccinate these people.

A list of vaccinators and regional vaccine implementation teams is available at covidvaccine.mo.gov.

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