The state expects Johnson & Johnson doses to rise to 7,000 next week and to rise to 88,500 the following week. Pfizer doses, now around 83,000, should increase to 245,000 in the week of April 5. And the Moderna vaccine will go from 59,500 to 175,000 in the same week.
Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, St. Charles County’s director of public health, said his department has seen some spike in supply over the past few weeks and is facing a new challenge: finding enough people to give the vaccines.
The department has asked retired and practicing doctors, nurses, paramedics, paramedics, pharmacists, and other licensed medical professionals to volunteer for their assistance. Students from Goldfarb School of Nursing and St. Charles Community College also donated their time.
“I welcome the problem,” said Cianci-Chapman.
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The department has been receiving a baseline of 1,300 doses per week recently, and has received even more in the past few weeks. That base allocation is expected to rise to 2,400 soon.
“Public health is about preventing disease and making communities safer,” said Cianci-Chapman. “We are excited to do this for COVID because we know that at some point this will be a fading disease.”
Christa Williams, PE teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary School, will receive a vaccination against Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 from Pfc on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Richard Waithra with the Missouri National Guard at the STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson. According to spokesman Kevin Hampton, the Ferguson-Florissant district has scheduled more than 800 vaccinations (or about two-thirds) of workers over two days. The rest will either be vaccinated on previous occasions or will not be vaccinated. Photo by Christian Gooden, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis County announced Tuesday that there would be a mass vaccination event for school workers on the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College for two days next week, Tuesday and Wednesday. The health department, in coordination with the Missouri National Guard, plans to vaccinate up to 2,000 employees from public, private and church schools in the county.