COVID-19 Vaccine Information
For questions about COVID-19 or assistance with registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,
please call the Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Vaccine News and Updates
The Dept of Public Health will host drive-through vaccination events this week at the Family Arena. The first- and second-dose events are operated by appointment only, and invitations to schedule appointments are being distributed. Read on...
The Dept. of Public Health, community partners and dedicated volunteers administered more than 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to registered, eligible individuals last week at the Family Arena. Read on...
Today, Missouri authorized those in Phase 3 of the state's vaccine distribution plan to be eligible for vaccination. With this, all Missouri adults (ages 16+ for the Pfizer/BioNTech product and 18+ for the Moderna and Janssen products) are now eligible. Read on...
The State of Missouri controls the distribution of vaccine in accordance with the federal government plan. How much vaccine comes to Missouri is a decision of the federal government. Missouri cannot order more than the weekly allocation it receives.
To get the vaccine to its citizens, Missouri has established several distribution systems and a tiered system of eligibility. The first group the State authorized to be vaccinated was Health Care workers and Long-Term Care Facility residents and staff – known as Phase 1A. The second group the State authorized to be vaccinated was Public Safety workers: police, firefighters, corrections workers, known as Phase 1B-Tier 1. The third group the State has authorized to be vaccinated are Phase 1B-Tier 2, those ages 65 and older and adults 18+ with certain health conditions. There are approximately 2.3 million Missourians in Phase 1B-Tier 2, approximately 165,000 of which are citizens of St. Charles County. The State authorized Phase 1B-Tier 3 (critical infrastructure) vaccinations to become eligible on March 15, 2021 and Phase 2 (industries/individuals assisting equity and economic recovery) on March 29, 2021. On April 9, 2021, Missouri authorized Phase 3 to become eligible, enabling all adults in the state - ages 16+ for the Pfizer/BioNTech product and 18+ for the Moderna and Janssen products - to become eligible for vaccination.
The State now uses the four St. Louis area hospital systems, the National Guard, federally qualified health centers, local public health authorities (in St. Charles County, that is the County Department of Public Health “DPH”) and registered vaccinators who are unaffiliated with a hospital association or large health care provider. In addition, the State has used pharmacies enrolled in the federal pharmacy program to vaccinate staff and residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The County cannot purchase or obtain COVID-19 vaccine directly; it receives vaccine from the State and is required to use the vaccine within the priorities named by the State Department of Health and Senior Services.
Our residents and businesses are asking us how much vaccine is, or has been, allocated to St. Charles County Department of Public Health. St. Charles County is now beginning to receive more vaccine for distribution, including the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen from Johnson & Johnson products. The vaccine distribution chart below provides information about distribution and will be updated regularly. The State’s report of total vaccines delivered to County residents through the hospitals and other vaccinators is provided as well.
Receiving a Second Dose of Vaccine
A second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines is necessary for maximum protection against the virus. FOR THOSE OF YOU DUE A SECOND SHOT, please be aware that authorized vaccine providers in Missouri, including the Department of Public Health, automatically receive and reserve a second dose for all individuals who receive a first dose from their vaccination site. Vaccinated individuals should expect to return to that location at the appropriate time for the second dose — approximately 21 days for the Pfizer/BioNTech product or 28 days for the Moderna product. Locations that did not administer the first dose are not able to administer the second dose, so you will need to return to the original site to receive this vaccination.
The Department of Public Health will contact individuals by email/phone/text of their opportunity to schedule a convenient time for the second dose at the appropriate time. This notification will be sent a few days prior to the vaccination availability and will be sent to the same email/phone/text from which you received your first dose appointment notification. Please be sure to check junk and spam folders for this notification.
How to Sign Up to Receive Vaccine
Those who wish to receive vaccination from the Department of Public Health can sign up to be placed on our notification list when appointments are available. We encourage you to register with the Missouri Vaccine Navigator as well or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for assistance in connecting with additional avenues in our region and around the state in which to receive a vaccine and to register with the local health care systems. You can sign up with one or more of those organizations using following links:
- Missouri Vaccine Navigator registration: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/
- BJC: bjc.org/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Vaccines
- Mercy: mercy.net/MOVaccine
- SSM: webforms.ssmhealth.com/covidvaccine
- St. Luke’s: lukesvaccine.com
Here’s how you can sign up with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health and what you can expect after you do so:
- Click here to register for the vaccine, or click the red box below.
- Fill out the form and click submit. Please understand that you will not be contacted by DPH until we have vaccine to administer and it is your time to schedule a vaccination appointment.
- When your phase is reached and enough vaccine has been allocated to the DPH, you will receive an email, text and/or automated phone call telling you that you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
- Please check your email (inbox and spam folders) and phone messages daily for notification. It is important for you to understand that appointment time slots are limited. Respond quickly. The message will include information about the appointment, the vaccine administered, and how to contact the DPH if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
- If you are unable to attend this appointment, or if you have already been vaccinated, please reply to the notification you may receive or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 636-949-1899 to reschedule or cancel.
Again, when the department receives a shipment from the state, we will notify those who have registered by email or phone of their ability to schedule a vaccination appointment. The number of appointments offered at that time will be determined by the quantity of doses received in a shipment. We have not been told when, or in what quantity, we might receive additional vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Notification Information
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health will send notifications about making COVID-19 vaccination appointments by email, text and/or automated phone call. These messages will come from the following sources:
- Email senders are SCC DPH COVID VACCINATION and St. Charles County, and email addresses are from @sccmo.org and @everbridge.net.
- Texts originate from 889-11.
- Automated calls originate from 636-949-7598.
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health is just one of numerous state-registered providers of the COVID-19 vaccine in the county. The state determines how much vaccine each provider receives.
|St. Charles County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution*||
Updated April 13, 2021
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine administered by all providers to St. Charles County residents**||
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine administered by St. Charles County DPH||
|First doses administered to St. Charles County residents**||
|First doses administered by St. Charles County DPH||
|Vaccination regimen completed by St. Charles County residents**||
|Regimen completed through vaccination by St. Charles County DPH||
|Upcoming appointments scheduled for first doses with St. Charles County DPH***||
|Appointments scheduled to complete vaccine regimen with St. Charles County DPH***||
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine received by St. Charles County DPH since Dec. 2020***||
*Includes combined totals for Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID vaccines. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are two-dose regimens, while the Janssen vaccine is one dose.
**Information reported to MO DHSS by all Missouri-authorized vaccination providers, including St. Charles County DPH
***Totals are based upon the FDA-suggested 10 doses per vial of Moderna, 6 doses per vial of Pfizer-BioNTech and 5 doses per vial of the Janssen vaccine. Additional doses may be obtained from some vials of the Pfizer vaccine and administered to individuals per the FDA authorization.
STATEWIDE INFORMATION: The State of Missouri has launched a dashboard that provides a closer look at covidvaccine.mo.gov/data/. The dashboard information is updated as registered vaccinators upload their data.
As of April 9, 2021, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is authorized by the State to administer COVID-19 vaccine to all Missouri adults - ages 16 and older for the Pfizer/BioNTech product and 18 or older for the Moderna and Janssen products. This includes those within:
- Phase 1A
- Phase 1B - Tier 1
- Phase 1B - Tier 2
- Phase 1B - Tier 3
- Phase 2
- Phase 3
State Vaccination Protocols
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 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-Tier 1 and Phase 1B-Tier 2 categories and further clarified groups of individuals eligible for additional phase categories. On March 15, 2021, the state made those in Phase 1B-Tier 3 eligible to receive vaccinations. When additional vaccine becomes available, transition to the next distribution phase will be announced to the public.
Please click on the graphic or visit covidvaccine.mo.gov for additional information and further clarification on groupings within each phased category.
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, sanitizing often and staying 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.
CDC Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Individuals
On March 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on how fully vaccinated individuals can resume certain activities. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine (two doses for Moderna and Pfizer vaccine or one dose for Janssen vaccine). Based on research studies, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can do the following:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart, if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Vaccine FAQs
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.