SoutheastHEALTH is among Missouri health systems selected to support high volume COVID-19 vaccination programs as the state continues its effort to vaccinate Missourians against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSSS) announced Monday that more COVID-19 vaccines are heading to select hospitals in Missouri in hopes of greatly increasing the number of vaccines available to the public. Both SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Healthcare System are included in the program in Region E, which makes up southeast Missouri.
State officials said more than two million Missouri residents are currently eligible for vaccination under Missouri’s priority phases. The DHSS will focus on delivering vaccine to healthcare agencies in nine regions of Missouri capable of administering at least 5,000 doses per week throughout February.
SoutheastHEALTH will receive allocations for the weeks of February 1 and February 15. State officials noted that Missouri currently receives about 76,000 doses of vaccine per week from the federal government. According to the state, high throughput locations will receive 53 percent of the state’s allocation. As vaccine supplies increase, these locations will move toward a total of 5,000 vaccinations per week.
In addition to the hospital allocations, state officials say 23 percent will be devoted to regional mass vaccination programs with local implementation teams and the Missouri National Guard. Eight percent will go to local public health agencies, and another eight percent will go to federally-qualified health centers. The remaining doses will go to community providers requesting vaccine.
SoutheastHEALTH anticipates receipt of its initial allocation this week. Once vaccine is received, information will be made available regarding the registration process for the vaccine, which will be administered by appointment only. No walk-in appointments will be allowed. To sign up on a waiting list for the vaccine, visit SEhealth.org/COVID.
SoutheastHEALTH was initially designated as a Pfizer COVID-19 pre-positioning site in December. To date, 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given. According to a COVID-19 dashboard released by the state of Missouri Monday, 12.5 percent of Cape County residents have received the first dose of the vaccine. That compares to 4.7 percent statewide. Scott County is the second highest percentage, with 11.9 percent of residents receiving the first vaccine dose.
SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman applauds the increased vaccination efforts. “It’s crucial that we vaccinate as many Missourians as possible, as efficiently as possible and as quickly as possible. This is a step in the right direction to help keep our communities safe.”