City of St. Louis Department of Health Taking Community Approach to Ensure COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Children 5 to 11
The Department of Health is partnering with various agencies to ensure caregivers have opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine for eligible children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) endorsement of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to prevent severe illness and complications related to Coronavirus Infectious Disease 19 (COVID-19) in children 5 to 11 years old is a major step in the battle against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19.
“The decision by the CDC is not only good news for children, but it is exciting news for families, schools, and the community at large,” says Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “It could mean larger yet safe end of the year holiday gatherings for families, fewer interruptions to in-person learning for students attending primary and secondary schools (elementary, middle and high school), and a reduction in cases and deaths associated with SARS CoV-2 infection in City of St. Louis communities.”
The City of St. Louis Department of Health is partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers, city schools, hospital systems, and community-based organizations to ensure parents and caregivers have opportunities to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations for their eligible children. Affinia Healthcare, SSM Health and BJC are examples of Department of Health partners who will be working to make sure vaccines are equitably distributed throughout the city and barriers to access are eliminated.
A full list of partners, a schedule of available testing and vaccination sites, and available wrap-around services will be released following the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services updating its guidance. The list of partners will include the organizations the Department of Health will collaborate with to assist all schools in the City of St. Louis with vaccination efforts. This information will also be available on the City of St. Louis Department of Health’s website https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/covid-19/. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Health by phone (314) 657-1499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.