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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ May 12,2021

posted May 12, 2021, 10:47 AM by City Clerk
May 12,2021

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

County Prepares to Vaccinate Younger Teens

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health is ready to begin vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as the CDC gives the go-ahead, County Executive Dr. Sam Page said in his Wednesday morning briefing. The CDC is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for this age group within the next few days.

“We have worked closely with schools over the past year in offering guidance for in-classroom learning,” said Dr. Page. “We will continue working with schools through the vaccination process as students prepare to go back to class.”

Teens aged 16 and over can already receive the vaccine, and the process for their younger counterparts will be similar. A parent or guardian can bring their child in for the vaccination appointment and sign the consent form on-site, or the minor can bring the consent form with them. Copies of the form and a calendar of vaccination events can be found at

Pfizer is the primary vaccine used by the Department of Public Health, which has now administered more than 150,000 shots in total.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Set to Become Statewide Program

Saint Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page applauds the Missouri Legislature for passing SB 63, a bill creating a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The PDMP is a system that tracks controlled substance prescriptions. The system allows health care providers to make more informed decisions before prescribing narcotics like opioid painkillers.

Missouri is currently the only state without a statewide PDMP. Since 2017, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has operated its own system. Since the County PDMP was put in place, 75 jurisdictions have passed legislation to participate in the program. It now covers 85 percent of Missouri’s population and 94 percent of healthcare providers.

“I strongly encourage Gov. Parson to sign this bill into law,” Dr. Page said Wednesday. “And I want to give a special thank you to state Senator Holly Rehder for working so hard on this legislation in Jefferson City. As a medical doctor, I understand how this program helps save lives.”

The Department of Public Health provides free naloxone (Narcan®) at its clinics and is now providing a by-mail option to ensure equitable access during the pandemic. DPH is also bringing naloxone to community outreach events. For more information about how to receive a naloxone kit, call 314-615-8233. 

County Executive Press Conference
This morning's press conference by County Executive Dr. Sam Page can be found here:​​​.