Today St. Louis County received delivery of 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the state of Missouri. The county Department of Public Health will continue administering vaccines to people who have registered on Wednesday morning, and the process will continue daily at the DPH’s John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley.
So far, DPH has administered 1,154 doses of vaccine, with most of them going to healthcare workers. We had received an estimated 975 doses in our initial allotment, but that amount actually allowed for a slightly higher number of doses to be administered.
“We continue to get the vaccine into arms of our residents as quickly as it becomes available,” said County Executive Page. “We ask for everyone’s patience as we work through our pre- registration list.”
Residents who wish to sign up to be vaccinated by DPH should visit stlcorona.com and follow the link for registration, or they may email [email protected] to receive the same link. Once you register with us, you will receive a “Thank you” message on your screen. That confirms that we have your information and that we will contact you as soon as we are ready for you to make an appointment. Please be patient with this process. More than 200,000 people have registered on our site so far, and it will take a significant amount of time to get through the list.
It is important to note that the state determines the supply of vaccine as well as who is eligible to receive it. We are following state guidance in scheduling those who are in the state Phase 1A and 1B. But so far, we have far too few doses to meet the demand. As supply improves, we will announce several locations where people can be vaccinated, including a major location in north county. We are also working on partnerships that will ensure that vaccinations will be available in multiple locations spread across the county.
In the meantime, we recommend that you register with DPH now if you have not done so. We need everyone to fill out the registration form honestly. Anyone who provides false information may be barred from receiving a vaccine when the appointment comes up.
You may also wish to register for vaccinations offered by area hospitals. However – and this is important – please DO NOT make multiple appointments to receive the vaccine! Doing that means that you are tying up a dose of vaccine that should go to someone else. Remember: Registering yourself with us and other entities is OK. Making more than one appointment IS NOT.
It is also crucial for anyone who receives the first dose of the vaccine to get the second dose from the same vaccinator. The way the system works, everyone we vaccinate will be given a date and time to return for a second dose. DO NOT attempt to get a second dose from a different vaccinator.
Once again, we ask your patience as you go through this process. If you register with us, we will get to you just as soon as you qualify to receive your vaccination – and as soon as we have enough supply to give it to you.
For much more information about the vaccine, visit www.stlcorona.com.