Parson, FEMA launch new vaccination effort in St. Louis
JEFFERSON CITY, Mon. – The city of St. Louis should receive an additional 168,000 COVID-19 vaccinations over an eight week period under a new program led by Governor Mike Parson and the United States National Coordination Unit for Disaster Relief (FEMA) Monday.
Parson said the state had been working with federal partnerships since late January to bring a FEMA mass vaccination clinic to Missouri. The program is being carried out in conjunction with other nationwide vaccine distribution efforts.
“Through our government-sponsored vaccination events, we have shown that we can efficiently bring vaccines into arms on a very large scale,” said Parson. “Now that the vaccine supply is growing and the White House and FEMA are backing it, we have the opportunity to bring even more vaccines to the St. Louis area.”
“This particular vaccination site allows us to better protect St. Louis from COVID-19 by improving access to life-saving vaccines, especially for those in the city who are medically at high risk or underserved because they don’t have direct access have for health care, “said Kathy Fields, acting regional administrator for FEMA Region 7.” These efforts will go a long way towards ensuring equitable access to vaccination. ”
President Joe Biden’s goal is to get 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. He also directed states make the vaccine available to any adult who wishes to have one by May.
Missouri entered Phase 2 of its vaccination distribution efforts on Monday, opening eligibility for approximately 880,000 adults. Phase 2 includes those who work in construction, higher education, and food and agriculture, as well as those who are homeless. Parson also said that more than 20,000 initial COVID-19 vaccine doses were given over three days across the St. Louis area on Monday last week.
- The program kicks off April 7 and will vaccinate approximately 3,000 people a day for eight weeks from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Dome at America’s Center.
- The program is designed to vaccinate those who face obstacles such as economic or transportation problems.
- The Missouri National Guard, Department of Health, and the State Emergency Management Agency are working with the Department of Defense, the City of St. Louis, and FEMA to run the mass vaccination program.
- Almost 25 percent of Missourians have received at least one dose of the vaccine to date. More than 877,000 people (about 14 percent) have completed the vaccination process. (Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses; the J&J vaccine only requires one dose.)
- More than 77,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in the city of St. Louis as of Monday morning. Almost 17 percent of the city’s population have started the vaccination process.
- Those eligible to get vaccination on this website can register online or by calling 877-435-8411.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of the Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
During her career, Kaitlyn has reported on political campaigns in the United States, including the 2016 presidential election and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is from Missouri and studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the National Journalism Center in Washington, DC
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