Are you eligible for the next round of COVID-19 vaccines in Missouri?


Missouri Governor Mike Parson has activated the next stages of the COVID-19 vaccination, which includes police and fire crews starting on Friday, January 15, and those at high health risk on Monday, January 18.

Coxhite infectious disease specialist Drs. Robin Trotman said, “People are worried when it’s their turn, but people have to be patient because we plan to deliver and we don’t have it yet.”

Even though the governor will activate Phase 1 B-Tier 2 of the state’s immunization scheme on Monday, it comes with a warning.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to hit the ‘GO’ button immediately and start vaccinating people who fall into Tier 2 or a high-risk person,” said Tanne County Health Director Lisa Marshall. “We do not have a clear timeline on the availability of the vaccine. Many of us have ordered this several weeks ago or possibly in December last month but still have only a small portion of the limited supply. “

But what you can do right now is start finding out if you qualify as a Tier 2 recipient.

The expanded group of qualifiers includes anyone aged 65 or older, including any of the following:

O cancer

o Chronic kidney disease

O COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

o intellectual and / or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome

Heart conditions like heart failure, CAD (coronary artery disease) or cardiomyopathy

o Immunization from solid organ transplantation

O Severe obesity (BMI> 40 kg / m2)

o Pregnancy

o sickle cell disease

O type 2 diabetes mellitus

Still to come and not yet active Tier 3 which includes required workers. Including former K-12th grade teachers, childcare workers and the fields of communications, energy services, food production and distribution (including grocery and convenience stores), government officials, water and wastewater, nuclear response, information technology and transportation (trucks) Include) driver).

Then its Phase 2 which is severely affected by the economy and which is important for the recovery of the economy like manufacturing, finance, higher education workers and the homeless.

Phase 3 then includes everyone who wants a shot.

Something to keep in mind?

Dr. “We cannot vaccinate every step that one wants to do in every stage,” Trotman explained. “There is going to be overlap.”

It is also important to understand that there will be a wide variety of places to receive vaccines, from health care facilities to pharmacies to health departments to community centers and mobile sites, as announced by President-Elect Biden.

“It never hurts to reach your primary care physician,” Marshall said. “And I am also calling around to see who in your community is going to provide it because every county is just a little bit different. It is always good to know what is available in your county. “

Many counties already have online registrations for you, no matter what position you are in.

“The best thing people can do right now is basically get on the list so that when we have the vaccine available, we can reach the people who want the vaccine and make sure we get them determined,” Marshall he said.

Overall, there are some important things to remember.

Be patient, don’t expect everything to happen at once, you’re better going online than trying to make a phone call and checking a company’s Facebook or other social media site is a great way to find out if vaccinations What is the latest on being offered.

Good luck, stay informed and healthy!

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