Missouri directs more vaccines to St. Louis ‘mega sites’; Family Arena will give out 4,000 doses

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Photo by Deborah Baker

The National Guard directs traffic at a mass vaccination event in Canton, Feb. 23, 2021.

Missouri is allocating more COVID-19 vaccines to a series of state-sponsored “mega sites” for vaccines that kick off next week, a decision that increases the number of doses that will be given out at the St. Charles Family Arena. 

The events are being held in the St. Louis area March 25-26. So far, the state has mostly divided vaccine distribution by the state’s nine State Highway Patrol regions, but St. Louis area leaders have questioned whether the state is giving enough doses to the St. Louis area by population. Stuck on waiting lists in St. Louis County with no call locally to come get a vaccine, residents who are eligible for shots have been driving hours to get vaccines in rural areas instead.

Additional vaccine doses will allow the state to add two more days and approximately 4,000 Pfizer doses to the St. Charles vaccination event at Family Arena. 

“With increasing vaccine supply, we are able to allocate additional doses to our vaccination events in the St. Louis area,” Gov. Mike Parson said in a news release. “These state-supported events, including the Mega Vaccination Site, will help boost vaccine doses to Region C and continue to alleviate some of the backlog that many local providers are currently facing due to the high demand for vaccines in the St. Louis area.”

The mega site at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park will still operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Thursday and Friday of next week. Up to 3,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine will be administered each day.

In addition to these events, state vaccination teams will also be hosting a series of  mass vaccination events in Region C from March 25-27. Nearly 18,000 Missourians are expected to be vaccinated over the three-day period in the region through these state-supported events alone. The dates, times and locations of next week’s events in the St. Louis area, including the mega site, are listed below.  

 

Region C Vaccination Locations: March 25 -27, 2021

Thursday, March 25

  • County:      St. Charles 
  • Location:    Family Arena, 2002 Arena Pkwy., St. Charles, MO 63303
  • Time:          9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Doses:         3,510 Pfizer 
  • County:      St. Louis City
  • Location:    St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Doses:         3,000 Janssen 

 

Friday, March 26

  • County:      St. Louis 
  • Location:    Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63011
  • Time:          9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
  • Doses:         1,170 Pfizer 
  • County:      St. Charles 
  • Location:    Family Arena, 2002 Arena Pkwy., St. Charles, MO 63303
  • Time:          9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
  • Doses:         3,510 Pfizer 
  • County:      St. Louis City
  • Location:    St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Time:          8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Doses:         3,000 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

 

Saturday, March 27

  • County:      St. Charles 
  • Location:    Family Arena, 2002 Arena Pkwy., St. Charles, MO 63303
  • Time:          9 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 
  • Doses:         2,340 Pfizer 
  • County:      St. Louis
  • Location:    Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd., St. Louis, MO 63011
  • Time:          9 a.m.-7 p.m.  
  • Doses:         1,170 Pfizer 

Further event details and local registration links for the above vaccination events are posted on MOStopsCOVID.com/events. Missourians interested in receiving a vaccine at other state-supported events are encouraged to use the state’s Vaccine Navigator.