SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A new website offers information to Missouri residents about COVID-19 vaccines and how the state plans to respond when vaccines become available.
MOStopsCOVID.com launched for the first time on Tuesday. It provides Missourians with information about vaccine safety, research, and manufacturing processes and when they may be eligible for vaccination.
“It’s remarkable to learn about the work that has been going on for months among scientists and researchers, many of whom are right here in Missouri,”
The Missouri COVID-19 vaccine plan was finalized and presented to the CDC in October.
“Missouri started preparing for vaccinations very early because we think this is our best way to get to a better place,” said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams. said. “This process continues to evolve and we are committed to providing the Missouri with the information they need as quickly as we can. Information enables and personal choices made during this public health emergency can have a positive effect on yourself, the people around you, and your entire community. “
According to the website, Missourians will qualify for vaccination based on three priority phases, expecting limited initial supply. The plan envisages the following phases:
- Phase 1 – Healthcare workers, key workers and high risk groups
- Phase 2 – Phase 1 populations, as well as all Missouri residents
- Phase 3 – Widespread to all Missouri residents
According to the website, COVID-19 vaccines were not initially recommended for children or pregnant women.
In phase 1, the state develops health workers, key workers and high-risk populations for whom the vaccine may become available:
Health personnel and personnel who may have direct or indirect exposure to COVID-19 and cannot work from home. This may include workers from:
- Qualified nurses
- Long – term care services
- Assisted living
- Housing care
- Inpatient and outpatient facilities
- Public health
- First managers
- Childcare workers
- Teachers and educational staff
- Water / wastewater workers
- Energy workers
- Critical workers in production
- Food and agriculture workers
Individuals at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease, including those 65 years of age or older, may receive priority:
- BMI> 30
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic heart disease
At the national level, a group of US advisers will meet on Tuesday to vote on how the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed once it is approved.
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