State Screws Up, Some St. Louis County Residents Might Have to Wait on Vaccine
St. Louis County began preparing several COVID-19 mass vaccination sites last week in preparation for a shipment of thousands of vaccines, but those vaccines have not yet arrived.
The district expected 3,900 cans this week and, according to the district, had set dates for the distribution of these cans. This is the third straight week that the county has not received direct shipments of the vaccine from the state of Missouri. The doses dispensed at the mass injection sites last week were all redistributed by a local hospital.
“St. Louis County remains unsure when and if it will receive vaccine doses, “said Sam Page, the county executive, in a press release. “This makes it incredibly difficult to plan a distribution network and communicate effectively with those who have signed up and eagerly awaited an appointment.”
St. Louis County is expected to run out of vaccine doses tomorrow and does not know when to expect delivery from the state. However, they signed a contract with a local hospital group today and expect to receive 1,950 doses from them later this week.
In a post on Facebook containing the press release, Page writes the following:
“St. Louis County remains unsure when and if it will receive vaccination doses. This makes it incredibly difficult to plan a distribution network and communicate effectively with those who have signed up and eagerly await an appointment.
* Please note that we will have reserved your second vaccine dose when you received your first vaccine dose from the Saint Louis County Department of Health. * ”
The state of Missouri’s poor COVID-19 response remains an ongoing problem. In his State of the State address on Jan. 27, Governor Mike Parson attempted to defend Missouri’s vaccine response.
“The bottom line is that we have worked day in and day out to fight COVID-19 while dealing with civil unrest, violent crime and a tough budget,” Parson said.
The same week he made the speech, Missouri was ranked last in the nation for vaccine adoption.
St. Louis County remains unsure when and if vaccination doses will be received. That makes it amazing …
Posted by County Executive Sam Page on Monday Feb 8th 2021
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