covid vaccine

All Missouri adults are now eligible for one of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

Phase 3 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, which is the final phase, opened today (April 9), which allows any Missouri resident who is 16 or older to get the Pfizer vaccine and those 18 and older to get the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Jefferson County Health Department, which had administered 14,994 COVID-19 vaccines as today, now has a vaccination appointment registration link on its website (jeffcohealth.org) that allows people to sign up for an appointment.

Previously, anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine had to fill out an interest form and wait for a registration link to be emailed, but that form closed Sunday (April 4).

The Health Department expects to hold 14 vaccine clinics this month in the building it recently leased at 1275 N. Truman Blvd. in Festus, which previously housed a Schnucks store and before that a Shop ‘n Save store.

Clinics for the coming week will be held on Monday for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and Tuesday and Wednesday for the Moderna vaccine.

Communications specialist Brianne Zwiener said appointments are needed for upcoming clinics. Appointments may be made by going to jeffcohealth.org. Or, they may call 636-789-8941 for help.

Comtrea, which also offers health care services around the county, has vaccine clinics scheduled this month as well. As of Thursday (April 8), Comtrea had administered 8,474 vaccines. Comtrea also has disabled its vaccine inquiry waitlist and starting Tuesday (April 13), all vaccine registrations will be open to the public at comtrea.org/vaccine.

Anyone who needs help scheduling an appointment through Comtrea may call 636-232-2308.

Mercy also has created an online sign-up method to help distribute vaccines. To sign up with Mercy, go to mercy.net/MOVaccine.

SSM Health has an online vaccine appointment site at ssmhealth.com/access/covid19-vaccine-scheduling.

Other hospital systems and pharmacies also are registering people for the vaccines

To find a local vaccine site, visit vaccinefinder.org.

COVID-19 stats

According to the Health Department’s latest COVID-19 update today the county had a total of 22,494 COVID-19 cases since the first ones were reported in March 2020.

Of those cases, 1,343 were connected to long-term care facilities.

The county also has had a total of 233 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Health Department.

Health Department officials still urge residents to take precautions to curb the spread of the virus, like avoiding crowds, wearing masks in public, practicing social distancing and frequent hand-washing, and staying home when you are sick.

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