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  • July 22, 2021 2:12 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Yesterday 7/21, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP, to encourage vaccination among all Missourians age 12 and up. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000. 

    "We understand that the some Missourians are hesitant towards getting the vaccine, but we must all take personal responsibility and do right by our own health and that of our friends and family by getting vaccinated," Governor Parson said. "This new program will compliment our existing efforts to educate Missourians about the importance of getting the vaccine. Our current COVID-19 situation is serious. This Delta variant transmits faster than what we have previously seen and is more likely to impact children and the unvaccinated, so now is the perfect opportunity to get vaccinated and earn your shot at $10,000." Learn more here.


  • July 12, 2021 2:14 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    On July 7, 2021, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law a COVID-19 liability bill (Senate Bill 51). The law, which becomes effective on August 28, 2021, is intended to provide protections to Missouri businesses, the health care industry, religious organizations and others for liability under three types of COVID-19 related causes of action: COVID-19 exposure actions, COVID-19 medical liability actions, and COVID-19 products liability actions.

    The law preempts and supersedes any state, local, or common law causes of actions for damages arising from these COVID-19 related actions and permits plaintiffs to recover punitive damages not exceeding nine times the amount of compensatory damages awarded. While providing injured persons with an avenue for recovery, the law generally protects and limits liability to businesses and health care providers by requiring plaintiffs to prove a heightened standard of conduct –  recklessness or willful misconduct – to maintain the action and limiting liability even further for religious organizations. Read this alert for what you need to know about each COVID-19 related cause of action. READ MORE HERE!

    DOWNLOAD PREMISES COVID-19 WARNING SIGN HERE!


  • June 08, 2021 11:57 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    The Missouri Chamber of Commerce updated their Return to Work guide to include the latest CDC guidance on workplace COVID-19 policy regarding fully vaccinated employees. 

    In addition to the obvious health and safety benefits of the vaccine, there are several subsequent reasons for Missourians to roll up their sleeves. 

    The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people can:

    ·     Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state or local laws or business/organization policy.

    ·     Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

    ·     Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

    ·     Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.

    ·     Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

    ·     Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.

    UPDATED GUIDE

  • May 27, 2021 8:03 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Webinar Key Takeaways: Grocery workers were among the frontline workers named as priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in many parts of the country. With vaccine rollouts proceeding and shots now widely available, have all your associates been vaccinated? Do they have questions about the vaccine? Are they still hesitant to get their shots? Do grocers with pharmacies have all the facts they need for administering the vaccine to customers as well as their store teams?

    NGA recently hosted a webinar, led by Dr. Anasua Bhattacharya from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that reviewed key facts about COVID-19 vaccinations; what to expect before, during and after vaccination; collaboration between CDC and FEMA; the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program; and factors that influence decisions about vaccination.

    Clickhere for some key takeaways from the discussion


  • May 06, 2021 2:38 PM | Campbell (Administrator)
    Sales Can't Keep Pace with Panic-Buying Weeks, but Demand is Solid

    210 Analytics has been analyzing IRI sales findings, made possible by IDDBA, to help understand how dairy, deli and bakery sales are developing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. March 2020 experienced the biggest spikes in the history of grocery retailing as the nation bought supplies to fill their freezers, fridges and pantries in preparation for shelter in place. Read more here.

  • April 27, 2021 7:51 AM | Campbell (Administrator)
    On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Pandemic-EBT benefits will be expanded to all low-income children of all ages through summer 2021, which is aligned with language in the American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed into law earlier this year. P-EBT was created in March 2020 to provide EBT benefits for children whose schools were closed due to COVID-19 and has since been expanded through the entire pandemic and summer 2021. According to USDA, "families of eligible children typically receive $6.82 per child, per weekday, or roughly $375 per child over the summer months."
    For more information on P-EBT, 
    please click here.
  • April 19, 2021 9:00 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    This morning, President Joe Biden tweeted that all American adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, urging them to schedule an appointment soon to protect themselves and their families.

    Click the links below for resources to help you and your associates find a COVID-19 vaccine and share information about the safety of vaccines.

    1. How Do I Find a COVID-19 Vaccine? (Vaccine Finder)

    2. Different COVID-19 Vaccines

    3. Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

    4. COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Specific Groups

    5. How COVID-19 Vaccines Get to You

    6. Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

    ·     How to Promote Vaccination in your Organizations

    ·     Materials for Communicating with Your Employees

    Letter to your employees: Customize this letter about COVID-19 vaccination to send to your staff.

    ·     Digital and Print Communication Resources

    Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People


  • March 11, 2021 11:20 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    On February 25th, 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. 

    The MGA team has been working with the Governor's team to ensure the grocery industry is ready for the rollout vaccine. Grocery store workers will need to provide proof of employment, such as a company badge, a pay stub or an essential worker letter. The MGA has provided a letter for you to update with your store information for your employees. You can find the letter here.
  • 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 MOStopsCOVID.com 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.

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