Gov. Parson is activating the Missouri National Guard to help with administering COVID-19 vaccines

COVID Vaccine Updates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Mike Parson announced Wednesday that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri National Guard will work together to distribute vaccines across the state.

In a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 20, Parson said there will be a mass vaccination team assigned to each of the Missouri State Highway Patrol regions.

“We continue to receive steady shipments of vaccines each week,” said Governor Parson. “By the end of this, we expect to receive more than 76,000 initial doses and another 76,000 initial doses by the end of next week.”

Parson says the National Guard has already begun the process of securing vaccination sites and will start administering them by the end of the month.

“In additional to these mass vaccination teams, we will also be sending targeted vaccination teams to Kansas City and St. Louis to work with the clergies to assist in the most vulnerable populations,” said Gov. Parson.

Gov. Parson also tweeted that the state has administered over 265,000 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday.

The first mass vaccination will open in Southeast Missouri the weekend of Jan. 22. The state has not confirmed a location.

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