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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ June 30, 2021

posted Jun 30, 2021, 10:24 AM by City Clerk
June 30, 2021

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update 

Department of Public Health Urges COVID-19 Vaccine for Teens Headed Back to School

This year, students in St. Louis County will have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine along with their annual immunizations. County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Wednesday that Department of Public Health clinics are planning a major sustained effort to have eligible students in the County vaccinated as part of our back-to-school immunization program.

DPH will launch daily school immunizations and vaccinations in mid-July that will continue into September. Those who wish to be protected by the time classes begin should start soon, as an individual is only considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose.

“Consider it part of your back-to-school list,” said Page. “This is arguably the most important tool your students need for the new school year.”

Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Students can receive all their shots with no cost to them at our three permanent clinics: the John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley, the North Central Community Health Center in Pine Lawn, and the South County Health Center in Sunset Hills. DPH is also working with school nurses in the County to provide vaccinations for students who cannot make it to one of our clinics.

County Approves Incentives for Vaccinations

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly throughout Missouri, Saint Louis County is looking for new ways to promote vaccination. Tuesday evening, the County Council approved spending up to $875,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide gift cards as an incentive to get a vaccine.

While the County and its partners have already delivered doses to more than 420,000 people, many more remain vulnerable. Locally, cases have increased nearly 25 percent since last week.

Details of the gift card program have yet to be determined. The hope is to provide an extra boost to those who are undecided or have procrastinated in receiving a shot.

County Executive Press Conference
 
Wednesday’s​ press conference by County Executive Dr. Sam Page can be found here:​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gigF5soffK4



Sara Dayley
Public Information Officer
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health
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