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The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine administered to Missourians will likely come in December, according to Gov. Mike Parson. The governor spoke to The Missourian following his Wednesday afternoon tour of Melton Machine & Control Co.’s new headquarters. “I think the main thing for everyday people (to understand) is that we are going to try get those essential workers, first,” Parson said. Doctors, nurses and long-term care facility staff are among the workers the state plans to offer the vaccine to first, with the vaccine likely becoming available to the general public in February or March 2021.
The goal of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to these essential workers, Parson said, is to “make the environment safer, for more people to be able to return to the workforce and to continue to take care of those who have the virus.” The state’s 105-page COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation Plan, which was released this week and was vetted by numerous health care organizations, including BJC HealthCare and state agencies, outlines the three phases the state will use to administer the vaccine. Phase I is broken into two segments. The first segment, which Parson anticipates to begin in December, would offer the vaccine to …
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