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COVID-19 vaccine now available to all Missourians who are 16 and older

By: - April 9, 2021 8:21 am
COVID-19 vaccines are administered at a vaccine clinic by Phelps Health in Rolla on April 1, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines are administered at a vaccine clinic by Phelps Health in Rolla on April 1, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Missouri Governor’s Office)

All Missourians 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.

Starting today, an estimated 4.5 million residents will be eligible.

Gov. Mike Parson first announced last month that the state intended to open eligibility to all Missourians by April 9. About 1.8 million Missourians have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Yet just as more Missourians become eligible, the state is also seeing a decrease in supply of vaccines.

For the week of April 12, the state anticipates seeing roughly 157,040 doses in total — a decline of about 351,460 doses from last week’s projection for the same time period.

By vaccine type, the state will see 160,760 fewer Pfizer doses, 112,800 fewer Moderna and 77,900 fewer of Johnson & Johnson, Missouri vaccine providers were told on a call Tuesday. The state anticipates relying on those reduced levels for future allocations until increases are seen.

Missourians searching for a shot can go to the state’s Vaccine Navigator website, or call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

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Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. A three-time National Headliner Award winner, he helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.