COVID-19/Missouri Weekly Update

by One for All Missouri

March 15, 2021

This week, Missouri will expand distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to members of Phase 1B, Tier 3. As the vaccine rollout continues and warmer temperatures approach, public health experts with the One for All Missouri campaign are urging Missourians to continue taking steps to stop the spread and prevent another surge in cases.

· Missouri begins vaccination for members of Phase 1B, Tier 3 this week.

o Phase 1B, Tier 3 includes approximately 550,000 Missourians who keep essential functions of society running.

o Members of Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tiers 1 and 2 who have not yet received the vaccine will remain eligible.

- Vaccinators will continue to prioritize these high-risk patients before moving on to new tiers of patients.

As vaccine supply increases, Missouri will prepare to enter Phase 2 of vaccine distribution.

o So far, 19.1% of Missourians have initiated their vaccination, and 10.4% have completed their vaccination.

o Missourians can determine their eligibility status and sign up for vaccination updates through the Missouri Vaccine Navigator.

· This Saturday marks the first day of Spring. As the weather changes, public health experts are urging Missourians to continue practicing safety measures.

o Delay travel to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

- Although cases of COVID-19 are down, travel can still put you and your loved ones at risk.

- Students and families of school-aged children are encouraged to spend Spring Break at home or near home. Enjoy low-risk activities that allow for social distancing, such as hiking or gardening.

o Recognize the difference between seasonal allergies and COVID-19 symptoms.

- COVID-19 symptoms like fever, chills, and loss of taste or smell will not happen with allergies. If you are experiencing these symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 and stay home as you await your results.

- Frequent handwashing is especially important if you are experiencing a runny nose, sneezing or itchy eyes as result of allergies.

o Remember that outdoor activities still present some risk of transmission.

- Continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in public, whether you are indoors or outdoors.

- Avoid crowds and gathering with people outside your household.