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Missouri ramps up vaccinations for first responders, emergency services, public health officials – KMBC Kansas City

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Jan 15, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that Missouri is moving into the Tier 1 of Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which is focused on vaccinating law enforcement, fire service and public health officials.The second tier of Phase 1B will go into effect on Monday, and it will focus on getting the vaccine to people who are at increased risk for severe illness, including individuals aged 65 and older and any adult with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, heart conditions, a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.[ MISSOURI VACCINATION PLAN ]Parson said Federal partners informed the state that they plan to significantly increase vaccine supply next week and that individuals 65 and older and those with comorbidities should be prioritized.“Beginning the activation of Phase 1B is all about saving lives and protecting those most vulnerable to exposure and illness from this virus,” Parson said. “We are looking forward to increased vaccine supply in the coming weeks as supply is the leading factor that dictates our movement through our plan. The more supply we receive, the quicker we can reach our goal of making vaccines available to every Missourians who wants one.”The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said people in Phase 1A and Phase 1B – Tier 1 should work through their employer and/or association to access the vaccine. People in Phase 1B – Tier 2 should contact their local pharmacy or health care provider or visit MOStopsCovid.com to learn when vaccines may be available and how to receive them. Parson said he encourages all first responders and people on the front lines to get the vaccine.“We recognize and appreciate that there are a variety of individuals on the front lines who have a greater risk of exposure each day they go to work,” Parson said. “We are grateful for the tireless and selfless efforts of our health care providers and first responders who risk their own safety to protect the health and well-being of Missourians.”You can find the complete Missouri vaccination plan and explanation of phases and tiers here.Phase 1A of Missouri’s vaccination plan focused on people at hospitals, long-term care facilities and health care workers.

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that Missouri is moving into the Tier 1 of Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which is focused on vaccinating law enforcement, fire service and public health officials.

The second tier of Phase 1B will go into effect on Monday, and it will focus on getting the vaccine to people who are at increased risk for severe illness, including individuals aged 65 and older and any adult with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, heart conditions, a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

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Parson said Federal partners informed the state that they plan to significantly increase vaccine supply next week and that individuals 65 and older and those with comorbidities should be prioritized.

“Beginning the activation of Phase 1B is all about saving lives and protecting those most vulnerable to exposure and illness from this virus,” Parson said. “We are looking forward to increased vaccine supply in the coming weeks as supply is the leading factor that dictates our movement through our plan. The more supply we receive, the quicker we can reach our goal of making vaccines available to every Missourians who wants one.”

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said people in Phase 1A and Phase 1B – Tier 1 should work through their employer and/or association to access the vaccine. People in Phase 1B – Tier 2 should contact their local pharmacy or health care provider or visit MOStopsCovid.com to learn when vaccines may be available and how to receive them.

Parson said he encourages all first responders and people on the front lines to get the vaccine.

“We recognize and appreciate that there are a variety of individuals on the front lines who have a greater risk of exposure each day they go to work,” Parson said. “We are grateful for the tireless and selfless efforts of our health care providers and first responders who risk their own safety to protect the health and well-being of Missourians.”

You can find the complete Missouri vaccination plan and explanation of phases and tiers here.

Phase 1A of Missouri’s vaccination plan focused on people at hospitals, long-term care facilities and health care workers.

 

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