City of St. Louis Teenagers Become Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccines
The St. Louis Department of Health allowed children ages 12 to 15 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on the second day of a three-day clinic at Busch Stadium, co-sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals. This age group is the newest to be based on approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS ) is available. .
The clinic on Thursday made 314 doses of COVID-19 vaccines available, with 249 Pfizer and 65 Johnson & Johnson vaccines being given. Adding to yesterday’s 143 vaccines, the two-day total adds up to 457 vaccines.
“Many parents of children ages 12-15 have been waiting for the opportunity to get them vaccinated for COVID-19,” says Dr. Fredrick Echols, Acting Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “By making the vaccine available to this age group, we continue to strive to have more urban residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is an important part of the process to remove the city of St. Louis and the region from the COVID. 19 pandemic. We encourage those who do not choose to vaccinate to speak to their doctor, local health department, or any other source who can provide accurate information about the risks and benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, a proven preventative tool for public health serious COVID-19 complications, including hospitalization and death. “
There is still one day left to visit the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Busch Stadium. The clinic is scheduled for tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments are quickly assigned and planned via an online portal. Walk-ins are accepted, however. Additionally, people receiving a vaccine can receive a ticket voucher kindly donated by the St. Louis Cardinals. Coupons are good for two tickets to an upcoming game. Some restrictions apply to the ticket vouchers.
Individuals interested in a COVID-19 vaccine and unable to attend Busch Stadium clinics this week are encouraged to visit the Community Vaccination Clinic (CVC) in the Dome. It’s open seven days a week and starts at 8:00 a.m. every day. Free parking for the Community Vaccination Clinic is available near Cole Street and 6th Street. Shuttles provide transport from the parking lots to the entrance of the clinic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors the CVC.
Earlier Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for face covering for fully vaccinated individuals. The St. Louis Department of Health is reviewing these new guidelines. It is also working with the Saint Louis County Department of Health on updated information for the St. Louis parish. Until then, city dwellers are being asked to continue to comply with Health Commissioner’s Ordinance No. 11, which requires people aged nine and over to wear a face covering when in public places, public transport and outside when social distancing is not possible.