St. Louis County will hold two mass vaccination events in South County


Photo by Erin Achenbach

A paramedic from the Fenton Fire Protection District, above, gives a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a woman in the community room at the Affton Fire Protection District headquarters on Gravois Road while St. Louis County Executive Sam Page visited Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

On the heels of the state’s announcement that it will hold the first state-run mass vaccination site in South County next week, St. Louis County said it will also be holding two mass vaccination events in South County.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will host two large-scale vaccination events in South County in April, county officials announced Thursday afternoon. The first event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3 at South Technical High School, 12721 West Watson Road in Sunset Hills. The second event is scheduled during the same hours on Thursday, April 8 at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 6050 Wells Road.

These are appointment-only events, and registrations will be taken from the county’s preregistration list.

Plans for additional dates for vaccination events at the South County sites are still being developed, the county said.
“St. Louis County continues to work hard to remove barriers to vaccinations for all County residents,” County Executive Sam Page said in a news release. “This week we are vaccinating a record 15,000 individuals, and as long as the state continues to increase the supply of vaccine we get, our capacity to administer doses will increase as well.”
DPH has been working with 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas and other community leaders for sites in South County that can be used repeatedly. The availability of such sites improves efficiency because less setup work is required between events. That is the case at the Florissant Valley campus of the St. Louis Community College in North County, which was the county’s first mass vaccination site outside of DPH clinics.
The county already provides hundreds of vaccinations weekly in South County through partnerships with area fire districts and emergency personnel. The addition of the two new sites means that the county will administer vaccinations in more than 15 locations, including mobile units that serve senior housing complexes and homebound individuals.