Wednesday: A Different Mission — How The Military Gave Vaccinations In St. Louis

This interview will be broadcast on “St. Louis on the Air ”over the noon hour on Wednesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

In April, the military arrived at The Dome at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a 56-day mass vaccination event.

FEMA is best known for providing disaster relief during and after disasters such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. During the pandemic, the federal agency organized vaccination clinics across the country.

Since FEMA does not have its own medical staff, it asked US Navy medical staff to administer the Pfizer vaccine. On Wednesday in St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will speak to two military personnel about her experience working with FEMA and other agencies to distribute vaccinations at The Dome.

Navy Cmdr will participate in the discussion. Jared Scott, who oversees the medical operations of approximately 90 nurses, doctors, and medics; and Belisarius Watkins, a hospital corpsman, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class.

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“St. Louis on the Air ”tells you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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