County continues vaccination push, awarded CDC grant

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St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, right, and his wife, Jennifer, head to the polls Tuesday morning in Creve Coeur to vote for Page in the Democratic primary. Jennifer Page was dressed in scrubs to head to her job at Mercy Hospital South.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The St. Louis County government is not slowing down its efforts to vaccinate as many people in the area as possible. 

Through Sept. 18, the county is hosting 16 free vaccination events, with more announced every Wednesday. Most of these events are at county libraries or community colleges, while some are at local businesses.

On Sept. 13 County Executive Sam Page recognized the efforts of Club Fitness for its aid in spreading vaccine awareness and information at its Florissant location during a company-sponsored vaccine event.

“Club Fitness was one of our earliest advisors in the pandemic, and they have been a leader in safe reopening strategies to protect patrons and employees,” Page said. 

Eric Schreimann, CEO of Club Fitness, said part of the company’s mission is to improve safety and quality of life in the communities they serve.

“We have to go beyond barbells and treadmills. This is the second of hopefully many vaccine events we have been able to sponsor,” Schreimann said. 

For more information on upcoming vaccine events in the area visit https://revivestl.com.

On Sept. 15 Page announced the Centers for Disease Control awarded the county a $4.7 million grant for its efforts in growing a resilient community.

The Public Health Department will receive $2.5 million and five community health partners will split the remaining $2.2 million. These include the St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition, the University of Missouri, St. Louis Community Innovation and Action Center, the Integrated Health Network and Beyond Housing.

Page said the CDC could grant an extra $4.7 million in the future if it chooses to continue funding the program. 

“The grant will allow the Department of Public Health to hire as many as 10 additional health workers and will give us the resources to provide comprehensive training to many more community health workers employed by our partners,” Page said. “The goal is to deepen community engagement, advocate for structural change, enhance and sustain partnerships and bolster the power and impact of community health workers.”