St. Louis County begins targeting North County for vaccinations

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Members of the Visiting Nurses Association, National Guard, county employees and volunteers help administer the vaccine at the mass vaccination site in Ferguson Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. In addition to the mass vaccination site at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, additional vaccination sites are open in the Mehlville, Affton and Eureka fire protection districts, which began administering vaccines to eligible members of the public who had appointments Thursday, Feb. 4.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will conduct several large vaccination events in the coming days, and for the first time, one of them will target residents of specific North County ZIP codes within the county.

The first such event, which is scheduled Saturday, March 20, at North County Recreation Complex, specifically targets some of what the county is calling “our most vulnerable areas in north St. Louis County.”

The county said the extra effort is needed because African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, getting sicker and dying in higher numbers than other groups.

“So we know this push to provide greater access and greater outreach is critical,” the county said in a COVID-19 update.Because we are committed to equity in healthcare, we sought permission from the state to target residents of specific ZIP codes in making appointments for some vaccination events. Saturday’s event marks the first time we will use this strategy.”

The event, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the North County Recreation Complex, will be in partnership with the Missouri National Guard. The county will be using 2,340 Pfizer doses for this event. 

Vaccination appointments will be given to people who have registered with the county and who live in 17 North County ZIP codes listed below. 

In all county Department of Public Health vaccination events, no walk-ups will be accepted and appointments are required. Only those who have preregistered with DPH will be considered for appointments. Visit stlcorona.com to preregister for the vaccine.

The ZIP codes where invitations went out are:

63031

63033

63034

63042

63043

63044

63045

63074

63114

63121

63133

63134

63135

63136

63137

63138

63140

Other vaccination events:

  • Vaccinations specifically for school personnel will be conducted from noon to 8 p.m. March 23 and 24 in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College at 3400 Pershall Road.
  • A second vaccination event targeting North County is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. March 25 at the Metro North Fire District at 1815 Chambers Road.
  • A mass vaccination event with the National Guard is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 26 and 27 inside the Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park at 550 Weidman Road.