Basic supply and demand problem in Missouri vaccination effort against COVID-19

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ST. LOUIS – The largest population block of Missourians became eligible for the vaccine Monday, those 65 and older and those who are considered high risk, but there is not enough vaccine available right now to meet that demand.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says 3.2 million Missourians now qualify to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but so far Missouri has received less than half a million doses of vaccine. 

We’re told more than 1.5 million of the Missourians who are eligible for the vaccine are from the St. Louis region.

FOX 2 checked with several approved vaccination providers including the Dellwood Pharmacy on West Florissant Avenue. Everyone we talked with says they are still waiting for word from state officials on when a vaccine shipment will be sent to them.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force commander Dr. Alex Garza is telling everyone to register with their health care providers or their county for the vaccine.

Dellwood Pharmacy said they are getting calls from all over the state from people asking if they have the vaccine. Right now they have to tell people no but they hope that changes soon.

“We’re just praying and hoping sooner than later we get a vaccine in and just be part of the solution,” said Rebecca Mawuenyega, a pharmacist at Dellwood Pharmacy.

“We put together what is right now a, our strategy to start off with and we think we’ll get more refined as time goes on,” added Dr. Garza. 

Many area health departments are working on plans to have mass vaccination sites at large venues, but for now, much of that is still in a holding pattern until more vaccine is received.

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