After a month, Missouri announces first mass vaccination sites in St. Louis and Kansas City

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Mike Shannon, a lead maintenance driver with the St. Louis County Department of Transportation, is administered the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at St. Louis County’s mass vaccination site in Ferguson. The site, which is located at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, began public vaccinations the following day for those eligible.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

Editor’s note: This article was updated Monday night after the state canceled its events and Tuesday night to clarify that the UMSL event is still being held. 

Gov. Mike Parson identified site locations over the weekend for Missouri’s fourth week of COVID-19 mass vaccination events, and for the first time, the sites are set to include locations in St. Louis and Kansas City. The governor’s office announced Monday night that all events are canceled for this week due to winter weather across the state, but the St. Louis County event this Saturday is still slated to be held

The dual announcements came just days after a dispute erupted between St. Louis regional leaders and Parson over how many vaccine doses should be sent to the St. Louis region. A third of Missouri lives in and around St. Louis, but local leaders contended that the region was receiving half the doses it should be while rural areas received more than their share. 

Parson disputed the assertion last week and said Dr. Alex Garza of SSM Health, the commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, was spreading “fear” and “panic.”

But the day after Garza complained, the state doubled the doses it is sending to St. Louis, ramping up the supply available this week.

As the dispute made headlines over the weekend, the state announced its first National Guard-staffed mass vaccination sites to be held in St. Louis and Kansas City.  All the previous mass events have been held in rural locations an hour or more from the state’s most populated cities and counties, but with the vaccine hard to come by in St. Louis, some St. Louis County residents here have chosen to travel an hour or more to the state’s mass vaccination sites to get shots. 

The events are a partnership of the Missouri National Guard, Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and local healthcare systems. In order to quality to get a vaccine at the one of the sites, attendees must be Missouri residents and qualify to get the vaccine under the current Phase 1B, which includes those over age 65, first responders and healthcare workers

Here is the information for the St. Louis County mass vaccination site, that is set to be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in North County. At the time this article was published, the state’s registration page said that registration information for the UMSL mass site was still pending.

County:     St. Louis County

Location:   University of Missouri St. Louis (Millennium Student Center)

Address:    17 Grobman Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121

Date:          Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021

Time:         9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

A second St. Louis area mass vaccination site was canceled that was set to be held Friday, Feb. 19 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Troy, Missouri, but that was only set up to administer second vaccine shots, or booster shots, the state said.

Due to potentially hazardous and changing weather conditions, the state says Missourians attending the mass events should visit MOStopsCOVID.com/events prior to traveling to confirm their region’s mass vaccination event has not been canceled.

“While weather forecasts indicate Missouri will experience frigid temperatures this week, DHSS, the Missouri National Guard, SEMA, and our local partners remain dedicated to our shared goal of getting vaccines into the arms of every Missourian who wants one as quickly as possible,” Parson said in a news release. “We thank all Missourians for their continued interest in getting the vaccine. Everyone will have an opportunity to receive a vaccine as soon as supply allows.” 

The National Guard, DHSS and SEMA teams will return to each site after 21 days for Pfizer vaccines and 28 days for Moderna vaccines to administer second doses. Unless otherwise notified of a location change, individuals should plan to return for their second dose at the same site that they received their first dose. 

The originally announced and now-canceled mass vaccination site locations for week four can be found below. Details are included for both initial and booster (second dose) vaccination sites. For event signup information, visit MOStopsCOVID.com/events. Week five locations will be announced next week.

Week Four Locations: Feb. 16 – 20, 2021 

Region C

Initial Dose Location

  • County:     St. Louis County
  • Location:   University of Missouri St. Louis (Millennium Student Center)
  • Address:    17 Grobman Dr., St. Louis, MO 63121
  • Date:          Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Time:         9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location (Canceled)

  • County:      Lincoln County
  • Location:    Lincoln County Fairgrounds
  • Address:     Fairgrounds Road, Troy, MO 63379
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The following events are all canceled. 

Region A

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Clay County
  • Location:    Cerner World Headquarters Campus (KCX Building)
  • Address:     2951 Rock Creek Pkwy., North Kansas City, MO 64116
  • Date:           Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Pettis County
  • Location:    State Fair Grounds (MO Ag Theater)
  • Address:     2503 W. 16th St., Sedalia, MO 64301
  • Date:           Thursday, February 18; Friday, February 19; and Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Time:          Thursday, 12 – 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Region B

Initial Dose Locations

Site 1 (Rescheduled event)

  • County:      Adair County
  • Location:    The Crossing
  • Address:     810 E. Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501
  • Date:           Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Site 2

  • County:      Lewis County
  • Location:    Caldwell Building
  • Address:     30191 MO State Hwy. 16, Canton, MO 63434
  • Date:           Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Randolph County
  • Location:    Riley Pavilion at Rothwell Park
  • Address:     109 Rothwell Park Rd., Moberly, MO 65270
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Region D

Initial Dose Location

  • Cancelled Due To Inclement Weather

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Jasper/Newton County
  • Location:    Missouri Southern State University
  • Address:     1012 N. International Ave., Joplin, MO 64801
  • Date:           Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Region E

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Butler County
  • Location:    Black River Coliseum
  • Address:     301 S. 5th St., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
  • Date:           Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Cape Girardeau County
  • Location:    Show Me Center
  • Address:     1333 N. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Region F

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Morgan County
  • Location:    First Assembly of God Church
  • Address:     501 W. Hicks St., Versailles, MO 65084
  • Date:           Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Audrain County
  • Location:    Mexico Memorial
  • Address:     11918 US 54, Mexico, MO 65265
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Region G

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Ozark County
  • Location:    Ozark County Health Department
  • Address:     370 Third St., Gainesville, MO 65655
  • Date:           Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Howell County
  • Location:    West Plains Civic Center
  • Address:     110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, MO 65775
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Region H

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Holt County
  • Location:    River of Hope Fellowship Church
  • Address:     27765 Hwy. 159, Forest City, MO 64451
  • Date:           Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Andrew County
  • Location:    Savannah Baptist Church
  • Address:     500 E. Pawnee St., Savannah, MO 64485
  • Date:           Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Time:          8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Region I

Initial Dose Location

  • County:      Laclede County
  • Location:    Cowan Event Center
  • Address:     500 E. Elm St., Lebanon, MO 65536
  • Date:           Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Time:          10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (or until supply runs out)

Booster Dose Location

  • County:      Pulaski County
  • Address:     194 E. Lawn, St. Roberts, MO 65584
  • Date:           Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please note that high throughput hospitals and other private providers may hold their own vaccination events, but these events are not hosted by the Missouri National Guard, DHSS, or SEMAInformation regarding vaccination events outside of those listed above must come directly from the host providers. 

The state is committing approximately 53 percent of weekly vaccine allocations to high throughput hospitals and 23 percent to the regional mass vaccination events. The remaining 24 percent will go to local public health agencies, federally qualified health centers and other enrolled community providers.

To date, providers throughout the state have administered more than 871,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Missourians who would like to register for a vaccine are encouraged to use Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator or to reach out to health centers in their area. A list of vaccinators, as well as the latest vaccine updates, can be found at MOStopsCOVID.com.