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There will initially be a limited supply of COVID vaccine available. Therefore, Missourians will qualify for vaccination based on priority phases. Within each phase, each group will have access to vaccine at different times. For example, in phase 1A, healthcare workers will have access to the vaccine before high-risk populations.
Specific criteria for who will be eligible to be vaccinated at each phase will be clearly communicated once that information is available. Specific definitions within each priority group are subject to change based on guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Who exactly is in Phase 1A?
Who exactly is in Phase 1B?
Who exactly is in Phase 2?
Distribution to eligible people throughout each phase will be slow and steady. At the beginning, there will be limited amounts vaccine available. However, it is expected that vaccine availability will increase in January 2021 and into summer 2021, with vaccination available to the general public by summer or fall 2021.
Missouri has activated Phase 1A, Phase 1B - Tier 1 and Phase 1B - Tier 2. However, supplies remain limited around the state and Clay County Public Health Center is ONLY offering vaccination to Phase 1A (health care workers) at this time.
Phase 1A: Local healthcare organizations that have applied and been approved as vaccine distributors, including hospitals, will be distributing the vaccine to their own employees who choose to receive it. Staff and residents of long-term care, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities will be vaccinated through a state and federal partnership with Walgreens, CVS, and certain independent pharmacies.
Clay County Public Health Center has enrolled and been approved to distribute COVID-19 vaccine as well. CCPHC will assist in the efforts to vaccinate eligible Clay County healthcare workers not already covered by the previously stated options. Qualifying providers can express their interest in having staff vaccinated by CCPHC by submitting this form. This is not a guarantee your practice/organization will receive the vaccine from CCPHC but will allow us to contact you if supplies and capacity allow.
Later Phases: Those same health care organizations will likely help provide vaccination to other priority groups and the general public once vaccination of their staff is complete. More details about how to make an appointment will be released by those organizations, including the health department, once available.
For those who will be eligible for a vaccine based on their employment, you may receive information on how and when you be vaccinated directly from your employer.
You may choose to check in with your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or employer to inquire if they plan to offer the vaccine when it becomes available.
List of Missouri Vaccinators
As vaccine availability increases, categories expand, and more people are eligible to be vaccinated, the news will be announced in many different ways. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Clay County Public Health Center will announce the transition to new phases on our webpages, on our social media platforms and in the local news. You will also be notified of your eligibility after filling out the Clay County Vaccine Interest Form and receive email updates regarding opportunities to be vaccinated.
For those who will be eligible for a vaccine based on their employment, you may also receive information on how and when you be vaccinated directly from your employer.
Clay County Public Health Center began clinics for the vaccination of local health care workers on Monday, Jan. 11. For the next few weeks, CCPHC will ONLY be vaccinating health care workers due to limited supply of vaccine.
No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if applicable in your situation. Uninsured Missourians will be able to receive the vaccination regardless of their health insurance status.
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The initial clinical trials did not include children. Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those aged 16 and up. Moderna’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 18 and up.
People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.
No data is available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.
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