The situation with COVID-19 vaccinations is constantly changing. The Beacon is here to help you find the information you need. We’ve rounded up info on which people are currently eligible for vaccination in Missouri, who will be next and the state’s current vaccination progress. You also can find links to sign-ups to receive alerts from Kansas City, or your county, when it’s your turn to get vaccinated. We’ll be updating this page weekly.

Missouri is currently vaccinating people part of:

  • Phase 1A
    • Hospital staff and long-term care staff and residents
    • Home health, hospice, dialysis and urgent care staff
    • COVID-19 vaccination and testing staff
    • Group community health staff and residents
    • EMS staff and other high-risk health care workers, like at home care workers
    • Other patient-facing health care providers, like dentists and pharmacy staff
  • Phase 1B – Tier 1
    • Non-patient-facing public health workers, like morticians
    • First responders, like law enforcement and firefighters
    • Emergency management and public works employees
    • Other emergency services sector employees
  • Phase 1B – Tier 2: 
    • Anyone 65 or older
    • Adults with the following conditions:
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      • Heart conditions
      • Weakened immune system from organ transplant
      • Severe obesity (BMI>40)
      • Pregnancy
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
      • Intellectual/developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome
  • Phase 1B – Tier 3:  Critical infrastructure employees from the following areas:
    • Education (K-12)
    • Child care
    • Communications
    • Dams sector
    • Energy sector
    • Food/agriculture
    • Government
    • Information technology
    • Nuclear reactors, materials, waste
    • Transportation systems
    • Water and wastewater

The next people to be vaccinated will be:

  • Phase 2
    •  Employees from the following areas:
      • Chemical sector
      • Commercial facilities
      • Critical manufacturing
      • Defense industrial base
      • Financial services
      • Food/agriculture employees not included in Phase 1B, like restaurant workers
      • Government not covered in Phase 1B
      • Higher education
    • Also people from the following populations:
      • Disproportionately affected populations at increased risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, including racial/ethnic minorities that weren’t vaccinated as part of Phase 1B
      • People experiencing homelessness not included in Phase 1B
  • Phase 3: All Missouri residents

How to receive news and sign up for vaccine availability updates:

If you are currently eligible for the vaccine:

Resources on how the COVID-19 vaccine works, its safety, potential side effects and more:

Recommendations on activities and precautions once you are fully vaccinated:

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Brittany Callan covered health and environment at The Beacon, and was a Report for America corps member for 2020-2021. Funding for this reporting was provided in part by the Health Forward Foundation.