Enterprise Center could become COVID vaccine distribution site


ST. LOUIS – There are new signs the tide may be turning in the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in St. Louis region. The Enterprise Center, which hosts St. Louis Blues games and concerts, could soon become a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, according to multiple city officials. Also, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page tells FOX 2 he’ll soon announce up to six new vaccination sites countywide.

The Missouri National Guard will staff nine mass vaccination sites across the state with the first opening tomorrow in Poplar Bluff, according to Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

“As far as the National Guard goes, I’m sure we can use the help,” Page said. “We need vaccinators. We need retired physicians and nurses.”

Ken Hawkins of Fenton felt like he and his wife hit the lottery on Thursday after being selected this early to get their COVID-19 shots at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health in Berkeley. The department has only administered about 1,500 shots with more than 200,000 people signed up to be vaccinated with vaccine in short supply. St. Louis County had only received about 5,000 doses so far, according to Page.

Parson expects the state to receive more than 150,000 additional doses from the federal government between now and the end of the next week.

The Enterprise Center served as a flu shot site in October. City officials like the idea of using it for COVID-19 vaccinations, with its ample parking plus highway and public transportation access. Parson says the mass vaccination sites could dole out up 2,500 shots per day.

Hawkins hoped people would jump at the chance. He called getting the first shot a “piece of cake.”

“There are some people who are skeptical about the vaccine,” he said. “I understand that but the risks (of Covid-19) are too great.”

He said he’d be notified of when to receive his second and final dose in about two weeks.

“We’re not sure who’s going to mobilized or what services they can provide,” Page said. “Certainly, the two pieces to getting vaccines set up, really three: we need space, we need people, we need the vaccine.”

The new county sites could be up and running within a day of being supplied with vaccine he said.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

More local COVID-19 maps and stats


Latest News

More News