SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- In Missouri, vaccine distribution has been limited to healthcare workers and those living and working in long-term care facilities.
The first doses were given to hospitals in mid-December as part of Phase 1A of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
A couple of weeks later, CVS and Walgreens began vaccinating residents and staff and long-term care facilities.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reports nearly 450 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and another 250 cases Wednesday, Jan. 6.
“We are hesitant to say that is the start of the fallout from the holiday gatherings, but we do anticipate that there will be fallout,” said Katie Towns, assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “Our department is very concerned about a difficult January that lies ahead.”
Towns hopes the next doses will come as soon as the week of Jan. 10.
“As soon as we know when that will be available to us we will make more announcements and communicate that with Phase 1A,” said Towns.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the CDC reports Missouri has received 286,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use. Of those, 98,589 people have received their first dose.
That means for every 100,000 Missouri residents, 1,606 of them have received the first dose.
For comparison, Missouri’s total population is estimated to be about 6.15 million people.
Missouri has had nearly 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days. Over 1,000 of those new cases were reported from Greene County. The state has reported a total of more than 400,000 cases since the pandemic began.
Governor Mike Parson said in a briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 6, despite fewer shipments than expected, Missouri is still following its original timeline.
“We anticipate an adequate supply of vaccines by the end of January, to complete Phase 1A,” said Gov. Parson.
State health director Randall Williams agreed with Gov. Parson on getting the next phase started on schedule.
“Phase 1B, we will be announcing the stratification of that next week,” said Williams.
Phase 1B will include essential workers, people with chronic illnesses and those 65 and older.
Gov. Parson said Missouri is expecting to receive more than 30,000 doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.