County reaches vaccination milestone

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Photo by Erin Achenbach

Mehlville Fire Protection District employee Kelly Pettit administers a Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose at a state-run vaccination event at Bernard Middle School Saturday, April 3.

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

St. Louis County has reached 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The county reached one million doses of vaccines given Friday afternoon, according to County Executive Sam Page.

The number is a total of each individual vaccine dose, Page said at a press conference Monday. 

“That means 47.7 percent of our county has been fully vaccinated and 54.1 percent have initiated vaccination,” Page said. “While this is significantly better than statewide percentages, half of the people in the county eligible to get the vaccine have not.”

Page said after the County Council’s decision to support the mask mandate Friday, they have asked a judge to lift the temporary restraining order against the enforcement of said mandate. 

“The message is clear — wear your mask to fight the virus and get vaccinated when eligible,” he said. 

He said North County, the lowest vaccination rate in St. Louis, has had the fastest growing vaccination rate in the past two months.