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  • February 26, 2021 1:31 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    During today's press briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1B - Tier 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan will be activated on Monday, March 15, 2021.

    “Missouri has had a vaccine plan since October, and this has not changed. We have been very disciplined in following our plan,” Governor Parson said. “With vaccine supply steadily increasing, we believe we are in a good position to activate Phase 1B - Tier 3, which will make approximately 550,000 more Missourians eligible to receive a vaccine.”

    Beginning March 15, Missourians in Phase 1B - Tier 3 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes those who keep the essential functions of society running, including K-12 educators and school employees; child care providers; grocery store employees; and energy, food, agriculture, and other critical infrastructure workers, among others. 

    With the activation of Phase 1B - Tier 3, approximately 550,000 more Missourians will be eligible for the vaccine. For the full list of categories included in Phase 1B - Tier 3, click here. Missourians in Phase 1A and Phase 1B - Tier 1 and Tier 2 will also remain eligible. 

    Currently, the state estimates that there are approximately 800,000 Missourians who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated. By March 15, the state expects this number to decrease to approximately 400,000. 

    Activating Phase 1B - Tier 3 on March 15 will help ensure that there is a steady population of people who are eligible and interested in receiving a vaccine. This will allow vaccinators across the state to continue vaccinating Missourians without delays due to those who are eligible but not seeking a vaccine. 

    “While supply is still limited, we are expecting slow and steady increases, and activating Tier 3 on March 15 will allow us to continue making progress as supply expands,” Governor Parson said. “If vaccine supply continues to increase, and if we continue to make the progress we’ve been seeing, we believe that we will be ready to activate Phase 2 within 45 days of March 15.” 

    Also during today’s briefing, Governor Parson provided an update on COVID-19 data and vaccine progress. As of February 24, approximately 12 percent of Missouri’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Over 350,000 Missourians have been fully vaccinated with both doses.

    This week, Missouri was allotted more than 120,000 initial doses of the Modena and Pfizer vaccine for distribution across the state. Next week, Missouri has been allotted more than 128,500 initial doses. This allotment could increase if the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to happen by the end of this week. 

    Once the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is granted an EUA, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will consider the recommendations from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After DHSS reviews that data and confirms the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, the appropriate standing order will be issued to ensure the vaccine can be immediately administered once shipments arrive in Missouri. 

    Additionally, more than 233,600 vaccine doses have been shipped to CVS and Walgreens through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, and 38,990 doses have been shipped to Walmart, Healthmart, and Hy-Vee locations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. 

    The Federal Pharmacy Partnership with CVS and Walgreens will continue through April. More than 87,000 residents and 50,900 staff at long-term care facilities have accepted vaccinations through clinics held by CVS and Walgreens. 

    Missourians are encouraged to visit to view the latest vaccine updates, find out when they are eligible for the vaccine, and locate available vaccinators in their area. 
  • February 25, 2021 1:29 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    FDA has published a new webpage to share information and resources to help employers communicate about COVID-19 vaccines to their employees. The page has information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and a link to a CDC toolkit designed for essential employers.

    Click here to learn more. 

    The Food and Drug Administration’s staff endorsed Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, a critical step in bringing a third shot to the U.S. marketplace. 

    Click here to learn more from NBC.

  • January 28, 2021 3:56 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    A Missouri Senate committee has taken an important first step toward stopping opportunistic lawsuits against Missouri employers.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation to stop frivolous lawsuits alleging COVID-19 exposure.

    The vote moves this much-needed legislation forward. In the wake of the pandemic, it is anticipated that a wave of COVID-19 lawsuits will be filed against Missouri employers. Many states have acted to protect employers from these lawsuits. However, Missouri businesses remain completely exposed.

    Four Senate committee members have taken the lead on addressing this issue by voting in favor of this legislation: The four senators who voted to move this legislation forward are: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, Sen. Bob Onder, Sen. Holly Rehder and Sen. Bill White.

  • January 14, 2021 1:32 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Above is the order of phases in which Missouri will be administering the covid-19 vaccine. Grocery industry workers will fall under the food and agriculture workers category which is classified under Essential Workers within Phase 1B.

    As of today, January 14th, more than 190,400 vaccines have been administered to frontline health care workers and nursing home residents and staff according to Phase 1A of Missouri's Vaccination Plan. There are over 450,000 Missourians included in Phase 1A, which will take several weeks to complete. State and local governments and health care partners are administering vaccines to those recipients as efficiently as possible. Currently, 285 facilities across the state are approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1A eligible recipients within their facility. More than 700 additional facilities are expected to be approved within the coming days and weeks. Vaccinators have been approved in all geographic regions of Missouri, and more will continue to be brought onboard to ensure vaccines are distributed equitably and efficiently.

    Today, Governor Mike Parson announced the activation of Phase 1B - Tier 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The activation of Phase 1B - Tier 1 reflects the guidance the state has received from federal partners as well as information gathered from stakeholders across the state. Phase 1B - Tier 1 is activated today, and Phase 1B - Tier 2 will be activated on Monday, January 18. Tier 1 of Phase 1B focuses on protecting those who keep Missourians safe, including law enforcement, fire service, and public health professionals, among others. Tier 2 of Phase 1B focuses on protecting those who are at increased risk for severe illness, including individuals aged 65 and older and any adult with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, heart conditions, a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. More information on Phase 1B - Tier - 3 will be available in the next couple weeks. You can see Governor Parson's full press release here.

    The Missouri Grocers Association has been in constant contact with the Governor's team regarding the rollout of the vaccine. We will continue to keep our members updated as more information becomes available.
  • November 19, 2020 12:56 PM | Campbell (Administrator)
    Some Springfield stores are seeing, once again, high demand for toilet paper and other paper products. "As COVID-19 cases climb nationwide, some stores are again starting to see higher demand for certain items, like paper products. Mike Thornton, the store manager at Cash Saver 417 on West Kearney Street, says the store is seeing higher demand for products like toilet paper and paper towels, but their shelves are far from empty."
    Read the full article. 

  • November 19, 2020 12:55 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Kansas City puts new COVID-19 restrictions in place as case counts surge. The city is limiting gatherings to 10 people, capping capacity for restaurants, bars and gyms at 50%, and placing a 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars. The rules come as hospitals in the area express concern that they will be overwhelmed with patients. Learn more 

  • November 12, 2020 10:51 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said that health officials and hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Page said the community has "one last chance" to bring hospitalizations and cases down before further restrictions on businesses become necessary. Read the full story HERE

  • October 29, 2020 11:02 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    The continuing rise of COVID-19 cases across the country has many shoppers starting to stockpile again, and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says that while grocers are generally prepared, "[i]t will be choppy for months to come as we all deal with the volatility and as things change." Several recent surveys back up McMillon's comments, showing that US shoppers fear another pandemic lockdown and potential product shortages that could result from it. Read full story HERE

  • October 22, 2020 11:00 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Branson aldermen extend mask mandate. The city's governing board did not specify an end date for the mandate. Learn more here

  • September 03, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    County health officials voted to revoke the mask order one day after they enacted the measure, due to concerns that the public had not been properly notified of the ordinance. Read the full story here.

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