County close to half vaccinated, Page announces library partnership

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County Executive Sam Page signs ethics reform executive orders into law Sept. 19 in the county executive’s office.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

As St. Louis County approaches a 50-percent vaccination rate, the county government is doing everything it can to get citizens vaccinated.

County Executive Sam Page announced Sept. 20 a plan to have recurring vaccination clinics at four different county library branches — Lewis and Clark (Wednesdays), Florissant Valley (Fridays), Rock Road (Saturdays) and Natural Bridge (Thursdays). Page said the clinics are weekly and should provide consistency for those trying to plan a vaccination appointment. Events have been held at the libraries in the past.

“The new schedule provides a reliable and consistent day and time where vaccines are available, making it easier for people to get a vaccine while at the library,” Page said.

Appointments and walk-ins are acceptable and free transportation can be used by calling (314) 615-2660. 

“Getting more of our community vaccinated is crucial in getting us through this pandemic. This week, St. Louis County is expected to reach a milestone — over 50 percent of our residents who are eligible to get the shot will be fully vaccinated,” Page said. “We are not even close to having enough people vaccinated to keep this virus at bay.”

The county’s partnership with the libraries also focuses on disparities in access to technology. The libraries received $5 million in CARES Act funding to address digital equity among students and senior citizens. According to Page, the money was used to purchase 6,000 Chromebooks, 1,500 GrandPad Tablets for seniors and 10,000 WiFi hotspots, while giving students access to tutoring at Tutor.com.  

“For older adults, the combined impact of social isolation and limited access to technology has been particularly challenging,” Page said. 

For more information on vaccinations, visit https://revivestl.com.