St. Louis County will start COVID-19 vaccinations for those over 65 soon

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Respiratory therapist Chastity White, pictured above, is the first health-care worker at St. Luke’s to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

St. Louis County said it will open COVID-19 vaccinations to a broader audience as soon as it gets enough doses of the vaccine to meet a large demand.

So far, the Department of Public Health has received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. But the county has ordered larger quantities that it hopes will be delivered Tuesday, although the county did not specify how many doses that would be.

So far, more than 116,000 members of the public in St. Louis County have applied to receive the vaccine when they are eligible, with just 7,000 of those in the 1A category of health-care workers.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson gave the go-ahead Thursday to move to the 1B tier of vaccinations which includes first responders, teachers and people over 65 years of age. Those vaccinations could start as soon as Monday in places where the vaccine is available.

St. Louis County said Thursday that with the governor’s order, the county will notify people who have signed up as soon as they can make an appointment for a vaccine. County officials are encouraging all members of the public to apply by clicking here http://ow.ly/zJGN50D1yu7 or by emailing dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com.

The health department has looked into larger vaccination sites, but that depends on vaccine availability as well as any federal funding attached to delivering the vaccine.

Click here to read more about Missouri’s plans for the next phase of vaccinations.