Missouri to Begin Phase 2 and 3 of Vaccine Distribution
Last week, the state of Missouri announced plans to begin Phase 2 of vaccine distribution on March 29 and Phase 3 on April 9. The announcement marks major progress in the state’s fight against COVID-19, but public health experts are urging Missourians to continue taking steps to stop the spread as they await vaccination and prepare for the Easter holiday.
Vaccine supply is projected to increase significantly in the coming weeks, allowing the state to extend vaccine eligibility beyond high-risk individuals.
Phase 2 includes 880,000 Missourians that are essential to equitable economic recovery.
Phase 3 includes all adults in the state of Missouri.
Missourians are encouraged to sign up for vaccination updates through the Missouri Vaccine Navigator, their local public health department, and their care provider.
Missouri continues to vaccinate members of Phase 1A and all tiers of Phase 1B. So far, 22.1% of Missourians have initiated their vaccination, and 12.1% have completed their vaccination.
Taking safety measures during the Easter holiday can help prevent an uptick in COVID-19 cases while Missourians wait to get vaccinated. By adapting our Easter traditions again this year, we can help keep our loved ones healthy as we look forward to the new normal. Follow the CDC’s holiday guidance to keep yourself and your family safe.
- Avoid gathering in large groups and with people outside your household.
- Celebrate the holiday by connecting with family and friends virtually and delivering traditional dishes or gift baskets.
- If you plan to attend a religious service in person, remember to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
- If you are fully vaccinated and plan to gather in a small group with others who are fully vaccinated, be sure to follow the CDC’s modified guidelines for vaccinated individuals.
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