The Eureka Fire Protection District has been busy since its training center became a COVID-19 vaccine distribution center on Feb. 4.
Public information officer Scott Barthelmass said 320 people received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 4 or Feb. 9. He said about 160 vaccinations are done each day the training center, at 18795 Historic Route 66 in Pacific, is open to administer the shots.
Barthelmass said more vaccinations were scheduled for Tuesday, after the Leader’s deadline.
Barthelmass said all appointments are scheduled through the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. A form to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from the department is available at stlcorona.com.
Barthelmass said the fire district cannot schedule appointments, and walk-in appointments are not allowed.
Barthelmass said the Pfizer vaccine is being administered at the training center. That vaccine is given in two doses 21 days apart.
Off-duty Eureka Fire paramedics are being paid overtime to administer the vaccine to those who have appointments, Barthelmass said.
Only those who are included in Phase 1A, Phase 1B Tier 1 and Phase 1B Tier 2 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan may receive the vaccine at this time.
Phase 1A includes health care workers who serve patients and long-term care facility staff and residents, according to the Health Department.
Phase 1B Tier 1 includes essential workers in emergency services and public health.
Phase 1B Tier 2 includes people 65 and older, as well as high-risk people between 18 and 64, including those with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune systems after an organ transplant, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome.
Next will be Phase 1B Tier 3, which includes essential workers in education, childcare, communications, information technology, transportation, government, food production and agriculture, energy, water and wastewater treatment and other fields.
Phase 2 includes populations at increased risk from the effects of the virus and the last phase, which is Phase 3, includes all other Missouri residents.
In the past 14 days, there have been 36 reported cases of COVID-19 in Eureka, the St. Louis Department of Public Health reported on Monday. Since March, St. Louis County had reported 86,575 cases and 1,851 deaths.
According to the Jefferson County Health Department, Eureka has 77 active cases as of Feb. 11. Since March, Jefferson County has reported 313 cases in Eureka, with 236 of those being released from isolation.