From: KTLO/Associated Press
Missouri plans mass vaccination sites by the end of the month in an effort to get more protection against COVID-19 to more people, Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday.
The Republican Governor said he will activate the National Guard to help with new vaccination sites in each of the nine Missouri State Highway Patrol regions. Specific dates and locations for those sites were not announced. Each will be capable of administering up to 2,500 doses per day.
The Trump administration moved last week to speed up the delivery of shots to more people. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams said he has already been contacted by officials with new President Joe Biden’s administration, who sought details about Missouri’s plan.
Williams said at least 250,000 Missourians have been vaccinated so far. The state’s initial doses have been for people such as health care workers and residents and staff at long-term care facilities. This week, the state began making vaccines available to those at increased risk of severe illness, including people age 65 and older and any adults with certain health conditions.
Parson said 76,000 additional doses are expected by the end of this week, and another 76,000 doses are expected next week. He acknowledged that “current demand far outweighs the current supply,” and urged patience.