COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID vaccine is an extremely exciting point in our lifetimes. We haven’t had any control until this. It’s an opportunity for us to regain control – each one of us will make a difference.
mRNA allows our white blood cells to read the blueprint and make spike proteins for our immune system to recognize in the future.
The vaccine trials involved a cross-section of everyone in the United States, including minority populations.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT A COVID-19 VACCINE WILL BE SAFE?
Millions of Americans have received a first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with the vast majority experiencing minor, temporary side effects. The safety and efficacy data has also been reviewed by an independent expert committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which also recommended the vaccines for emergency use.
No safety concerns were identified for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, underlying medical conditions, or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Bottom line: You, your family and your community will be safer with each individual that chooses vaccination. Vaccinations have been proven to prevent severe illness and death caused by COVID-19.
Missouri is currently vaccinating Phase 1A, Phase 1B – Tier 1 and Phase 1B – Tier 2 populations. You may determine your eligibility under Missouri’s plan by selecting the appropriate button below.
The vaccine will be made available based on ethical principles of maximizing benefits, minimizing harm, striving for equity, justice and fairness, and making transparent decisions. Ethical considerations include prioritizing Missourians who have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.learn more
A COVID-19 vaccine will be a lifesaving development. Vaccinations have saved hundreds of millions of lives over the last century. Scientists have developed vaccines for Smallpox, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis, Meningitis and more. Data from clinical trials indicate a 95% efficacy rate for Pfizer’s vaccine, a 94.5% efficacy rate for Moderna’s vaccine and a 90% efficacy rate for AstraZeneca’s vaccine.learn more
We are committed to providing a free COVID-19 vaccination experience to all Missourians, including those without insurance. No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if applicable in your situation. Uninsured Missourians will be able to receive the vaccination regardless of their health insurance status.learn more
Availability For All
Missourians will qualify for vaccination based on the priority phases below, anticipating a limited initial supply.learn more
Phase 1B – Tier 1
Protecting those who keep us safe and help us during an emergency
- Public Health Administrators and Staff
- Law Enforcement
- Fire Services
- Emergency Management
- Public Works
- Emergency Services
Phase 1B – Tier 2
Protecting those who are at increased risk for severe illness
- Anyone 65 and older
- Any adults with:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Heart Conditions
- Weakened immune system due to organ transplant
- Severe obesity (BMI >40)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
- Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome
Phase 1B – Tier 3
Protecting those who keep the essential functions of society running
- Education (K-12)
- Communications Infrastructure
- Dams Sector
- Energy Sector
- Food & Agriculture Sector 1
- Information Technology
- Nuclear Reactor Sector
- Transportation Systems
- Water and Wastewater Systems