Following a significant delay in vaccination shipments allotted toward St. Louis City and County, the St. Louis Department of Health began mass vaccinations at Union Station Downtown. St. Louis Mayor Lydia Krewson shared on Twitter that “approximately 4,000 individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B” were able to receive their first doses of the highly effective vaccines.
According to Fox2Now, all of the city’s first responders have now been vaccinated. The vaccine is now open to the public in limited availability, although the city hopes to bring doses to the more than 30,000 people on their notification system as soon as possible. The first members of the public to receive the vaccine, who attended the event at Union Station, were predominantly in higher risk categories, including those above 65 years of age or those with underlying health conditions.
As Missouri-Metro recently reported, shipments toward the St. Louis metro area have lagged behind earlier promises by State and Federal officials. While availability is increasing and the rate of vaccination has increased to more than 1 million a day, it still may take some time for the majority of the public to enjoy the safety promised by the vaccines.
According to Mayor Krewson, the city has applied for an additional 5,850 doses and may receive 3,900 doses in the coming week. However, there is a high degree of uncertainty as vaccine distribution depends on allotments from the State Dept. of Health. State governments across the country have been responsible for distribution in absence of Federal guidance or logistical support. However, the new Biden Administration plans to support mass vaccinations and distribution efforts for states in order to reduce the load on understaffed and underfunded state health departments.
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