As of Friday, more than 318,000 people have pre-registered and that represents approximately one-third of St. Louis County’s population. To be clear, that number does include those who have pre-registered that may not be from St. Louis County, while many of our residents have registered elsewhere included the hospital systems that also are offering vaccines.
There is understanding that interest in vaccinations remains high not only here in St. Louis County, but across the country and the supply remains low. The pre-registration process has been put in place residents can easily be contacted when it is time to set up an appointment for their vaccine. Residents will not be contacted unless supply is in hand.
There have been situations across the country where appointments have been made, however the provider did not receive the vaccine as expected and this will assist in avoiding that outcome.
The majority of pre-registrations are in the 1B Tier 2 category, which includes those 65 and older and adults 18-65 with high-risk medical conditions. This weekend, efforts included getting the vaccine into the arms first responders and other emergency service workers.
St. Louis County has received two shipments of vaccines from the state and over 2,400 vaccines have been administered.
For those who do not have access to a computer or email, DPH has partnered with the County Older Residents Program to assist older individuals who may need assistance. Those individuals are encouraged to call the Health Department at 314-615-2660. A member of DPH will document the caller’s name, take a call back number and then pass that information along to the staff of the County Older Residents Program, who are responsible for calling individuals from that list and filling out their registration form over the phone. This will be the same process for when appointments will be made for those individuals. Staff from the older residents program will reach out to schedule their appointment over the phone.
DPH has also established relationships with advocacy organizations for residents who are disabled and homebound. Those relationships will assist in providing access to the vaccine for our residents who are unable to leave their homes. Efforts are also underway to establish opportunities within communities and will work with our elected leaders and community organizations to determine the best way to do that including those where transportation is a challenge. Details regarding the location of our first mass vaccination site, which will be in North County will be announced this week.
Additionally, The Health Advisory Network is working to identify other groups that would not have easy access to vaccine distribution such as cancer centers. And while the state of Missouri is working with CVS and Walgreens to handle vaccines for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, there are some facilities not connected to the state’s vaccination efforts that DPH is reaching out to.
DPH has also established a contract with an interpreter service, available for any assistance needed in providing information about pre-registering and vaccine appointments.
Again, to pre-register email [email protected] or call 314-615-2660.