Distributing the Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in phases. At first, because there are a limited number of doses available, government agencies will distribute the vaccine to priority groups. The goal is to decrease death and disease as much as possible.
Missouri is distributing the vaccine in three phases. In Phase 1, which has two parts (1A and 1B), vaccination has started with healthcare workers and people who live or work in long-term care facilities. As more doses of the vaccine become available, more essential workers and high-risk populations will be able to get the vaccine.
In Phase 2, the vaccine will be available to populations who are at increased risk, including homeless individuals and prisoners.
In Phase 3, the vaccine will be available to all Missourians. It is important to know that this may not happen for many months – maybe even well into 2021. Being patient, continuing safety steps like mask wearing, physical distancing and hand washing will continue to be crucial to protect your health and the health of others.
This plan may continue to change as the availability of the vaccine changes.