Phase 1B Tier 1 Vaccinations Activated

(Jefferson City, MO) Missouri government officials are activating Phase 1B, Tier 1, of inoculations across the state. Governor Mike Parson says beginning the activation of Phase 1B is all about saving lives and protecting those most vulnerable to exposure and illness from this virus.

Vaccine supplies are expected to be increased dramatically next week. Individuals 65 and older, and those with more than one disease, should be prioritized. Phase 1B - Tier 2 will be activated Monday. 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.