COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The federal plan for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is based on distribution to each state. Earlier this year, each state was charged by the federal government with developing a vaccine distribution plan. All distribution of vaccine in Missouri is pursuant to the State’s plan (https://covidvaccine.mo.gov).
A part of the Missouri plan allows local public health agencies to apply to be vaccination providers. As a vaccination provider, the state’s rules for vaccine distribution must be followed. The St. Charles County Department of Public Health (DPH), applied for, and is registered with, the State of Missouri as a provider of the COVID-19 vaccines, which have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In December 2020, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended, and the State of Missouri adopted, an immunization plan that provides the distribution process begin with those within the Phase 1A category. On Jan. 14, 2021, the state recommended a transition toward the implementation of vaccinations for those in the Phase 1B category and further clarified groups of individuals eligible for additional phase categories. When additional vaccine becomes available, transition to the next distribution phase will be announced to the public.
St. Charles County continues to vaccinate those within eligible categories when vaccine is delivered to the Department of Public Health. To accommodate this, we are providing the following link to allow you to notify us that, when your phase is reached, you wish to be vaccinated.
If you choose to register with the County, fill out the survey linked in the box below. You may be contacted by the DPH to verify eligibility. You will be notified to schedule an appointment when vaccine becomes available and you are eligible to be vaccinated according to the phased distribution plan.
The vaccine is distributed at no cost to recipients through the federal government.
Continue to Stop the Spread of Illness: Before and After Your Vaccination
While you’re waiting your turn for the vaccine, please continue to help us stop the spread by wearing a mask, distancing from others, limiting your contacts and sanitize often and stay home when sick. Go to work, then go home. Go to school, then go home. Run necessary errands, then go home. Be safe.
Vaccines have shown a high level of effectiveness in preventing the illness during their clinical trials, but it’s important to remember that they are just one part of the combination of tools available to help stop the pandemic. Even after being vaccinated, you should continue to follow all the guidelines listed above.
Questions? As more information becomes available specific to St. Charles County, this site will be updated. The state website at covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts answers many questions about the safety, effectiveness, privacy, cost, availability and more regarding the vaccine.
How to become a vaccinator: The State of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan empowers local and regional communities to distribute the vaccine, and Regional Implementation Teams are being established - learn more. If you or your organization would like to help DPH vaccinate for COVID-19, please complete this survey.