Missouri shares Phase 1B of its COVID vaccine plan; includes 65 and older

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri unveiled its plans for Phase 1B of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan Thursday and the first to get vaccinated are first responders and other emergency workers. 

Phase 1B is broken down into three tiers and includes more than 2.5 million Missourians. Starting Thursday, those in tier 1 can get a vaccine. 

“The good news is we are moving forward, and we are ahead of schedule,” Parson said Thursday. “This all coincides with the plan we have in place since October, how we are executing this, and we will continue to stay focused on the execution of that plan.”

Missouri has been vaccinated health care workers and long-term care facilities for nearly a month, but the state said it’s ready to move into the next phase. 

“We are very pleased that we could move up the first responders and be able to start the process,” Parson said. 

Parson’s distribution team announced Thursday Phase 1B is separated into three tiers. 

Tier 2 will start receiving vaccines Monday. People in that tier include high-risk individuals like those age 65 and older.

Tier 3 will be residents considered critical infrastructure employees like teachers, childcare employees, government employees, and more. The team did not know when vaccinations for this tier would begin. 

“As soon as that vaccine is coming in, we’re distributing it to the healthcare across the state of Missouri and multiple regions and we will continue to expand on that as we move forward,” Parson said. 

The state has the providers to give the vaccine, they just need more vaccine to give. 

“The supply is such an unknown because it’s coming from the federal level, but the one thing I want to assure all Missourians is that there is a plan in place,” Parson said. 

The state said more than 35 percent of Phase 1A and 18 percent of long-term care facilities have been vaccinated. As of Thursday, the state has administered around 190,000 doses and around 410,000 doses have been shipped to Missouri. 

“We have everything on the table,” Parson said. “We’re meeting every day to see how we are going to meet the demand. We know when we move into the next level, we are talking millions.”

The team said if you’re in the first tier of Phase 1B, you should ask your employer or association how to get the vaccine. Those in tier 2 should ask their local pharmacy or health care provider. The state plans to update its vaccine providers on its website, MOStopsCovid.com Friday. 

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