KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that Missouri is moving to the next tier in its vaccination plan next month. Those in Phase 1B-Tier 3 will be eligible for vaccination starting March 15. Parson said this move will make about 550,000 more Missourians eligible to be vaccinated.
“Missouri has had a vaccine plan since October, and this has not changed. We have been very disciplined in following our plan,” Parson said in a statement. “With vaccine supply steadily increasing, we believe we are in a good position to activate Phase 1B-Tier 3.”
Those eligible in this tier are considered people “who keep the essential functions of society running,” according to the state.
This tier includes K-12 teachers and staff, child care workers, communications infrastructure workers, the dams and energy sectors, certain food and agriculture workers, government employees, information technology workers and more.
Here’s a full breakdown of whom that includes:
- Education: Teachers, faculty, and staff in public, private, and nonprofit pre-K through 12th grade.
- Childcare: Faculty and staff in a DHSS or DSS-licensed facility providing basic care to children.
- Communications Sector Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide communications services.
- Dams Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide services in the dams sector related to critical water retention and control services.
- Energy Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide energy services, regardless of the energy source.
- Food/Agriculture Sector – initial: Employees of certain food production and processing facilities, and related operations, prioritizing mass food production, distribution, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, including grocery and convenience stores where groceries are sold; includes veterinary services.
- Government: Elected officials in any branch of government at the state, county, and/or municipal levels required for the continuity of government; members of the judiciary at the federal, state, and/or local levels required for the continuity of government; employees designated by the federal government that fall within the state’s vaccine allocation responsibilities; other designated government personnel required for the continuity of government.
- Information Technology Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide IT services.
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that work in this sector.
- Transportation Systems Sector: Employees in the transportation systems sector including aviation, highway and motor carriers, maritime transportation systems, mass transit and passenger rail, pipeline systems, freight rail, and postal shipping.
- Water and Wastewater Systems Sector Employees at public, private, and/or nonprofit organizations that provide drinking or wastewater services.
Phase 1A and Phase 1B-Tiers 1 and 2 are still eligible to receive the vaccine as well. Phase 1A includes health care workers and long-term care staff and residents. You can see who that includes here.