COVID-19 Vaccine Information
For questions about COVID-19 or assistance with registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,
please call the Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Vaccine News and Updates
The Department of Public Health received a shipment of 3,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Missouri today and has begun scheduling vaccination appointments for registered, eligible individuals this week. Read on...
St. Charles County is prepared to transition to Phase 1B-Tier 3 of the State of Missouri vaccine distribution plan, effective March 15. Read on...
The State of Missouri controls the distribution of vaccine in accordance with the federal government plan. How much vaccine comes to Missouri is a decision of the federal government. Missouri cannot order more than the weekly allocation it receives.
To get the vaccine to its citizens, Missouri has established several distribution systems and a tiered system of eligibility. The first group the State authorized to be vaccinated was Health Care workers – known as Phase 1A. The second group the State authorized to be vaccinated was Public Safety workers: police, firefighters, corrections workers, known as Phase 1B-Tier 1. The third group the State has now authorized to be vaccinated are Phase 1B-Tier 2. There are approximately 2.3 million Missourians in Phase 1B-Tier 2, approximately 165,000 of which are citizens of St. Charles County. The State authorized Phase 1B-Tier 3 (critical infrastructure) vaccinations to begin on March 15, 2021.
The State now uses the four St. Louis area hospital systems, the National Guard, federally qualified health centers, local public health authorities (in St. Charles County, that is the County Department of Public Health “DPH”) and registered vaccinators who are unaffiliated with a hospital association or large health care provider. In addition, the State has used pharmacies enrolled in the federal pharmacy program to vaccinate staff and residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The County cannot purchase or obtain COVID-19 vaccine directly; it receives vaccine from the State and is required to use the vaccine within the priorities named by the State Department of Health and Senior Services.
Our residents and businesses are asking us how much vaccine is, or has been, allocated to St. Charles County Department of Public Health. St. Charles County is now beginning to receive more vaccine for distribution, including the recently FDA-approved Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The vaccine distribution chart below provides information about distribution and will be updated regularly. The State’s report of total vaccines delivered to County residents through the hospitals and other vaccinators is provided as well.
FOR THOSE OF YOU DUE A SECOND SHOT, please be aware that at this time your second shot is shipped directly to the provider who gave you the first shot. A second shot is necessary for maximum protection against the virus, and you need to get both shots from the same vaccination provider.
How to Sign Up to Receive Vaccine
Even if you aren’t in one of the phases currently eligible for vaccination, you can sign up to be placed on our waiting list. However, because we are unsure how much vaccine we will receive and when, we encourage you to go to the Missouri Vaccine Navigator or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for assistance in connecting with additional avenues in our region and around the state in which to receive a vaccine. You can also sign up with one or more of the area hospitals through the following links:
- BJC: bjc.org/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Vaccines
- Mercy: mercy.net/MOVaccine
- SSM: webforms.ssmhealth.com/covidvaccine
- St. Luke’s: lukesvaccine.com
Here’s how you can sign up with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health and what you can expect after you do so:
- Click here to register for the vaccine, or click the red box below.
- Fill out the form and click submit. Please understand that you will not be contacted by DPH until we have vaccine to administer and it is your time to schedule a vaccination appointment.
- When your phase is reached and enough vaccine has been allocated to the DPH, you will receive an email or automated voice message telling you that you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
- Please check your email (inbox and spam folders) and phone messages daily for notification. It is important for you to understand that appointment time slots are limited. Respond quickly. The message will include information about the appointment, the vaccine administered, and how to contact the DPH if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
- If you are unable to attend this appointment, or if you have already been vaccinated, please reply to the notification you may receive or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 636-949-1899 to reschedule or cancel.
Again, when the department receives a shipment from the state, we will notify those who have registered by email or phone of their ability to schedule a vaccination appointment. The number of appointments offered at that time will be determined by the quantity of doses received in a shipment. We have not been told when, or in what quantity, we might receive additional vaccine.
The St. Charles County Department of Public Health is just one of numerous state-registered providers of the COVID-19 vaccine in the county. The state determines how much vaccine each provider receives.
|St. Charles County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution*||
Updated March 2, 2021
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine administered by all providers to St. Charles County residents**||
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine administered by St. Charles County DPH||
|First doses administered to St. Charles County residents**||
|First doses administered by St. Charles County DPH||
|Second doses administered to St. Charles County residents**||
|Second doses administered by St. Charles County DPH||
|Upcoming appointments scheduled for first doses with St. Charles County DPH***||
|Upcoming appointments scheduled for second doses with St. Charles County DPH***||
|TOTAL doses of COVID vaccine received by St. Charles County DPH since Dec. 2020***||
*Includes combined totals for Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID vaccines. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are two-dose regimens, while the Janssen vaccine is one dose.
**Information reported to MO DHSS by all Missouri-authorized vaccination providers, including St. Charles County DPH
***Totals are based upon the FDA-suggested 10 doses per vial of Moderna, 6 doses per vial of Pfizer-BioNTech and 5 doses of the Janssen vaccine. Additional doses may be obtained from some vials of the Pfizer vaccine and administered to individuals per the FDA authorization.
STATEWIDE INFORMATION: The State of Missouri has launched a dashboard that provides a closer look at covidvaccine.mo.gov/data/. The dashboard information is updated as registered vaccinators upload their data.
As of February 4, 2021, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is authorized by the State to administer COVID-19 vaccine to:
- Phase 1A
- Phase 1B - Tier 1
- Phase 1B - Tier 2
State Vaccination Protocols
The Missouri plan allows local public health agencies to apply to be vaccination providers. As a vaccination provider, the state’s rules for vaccine distribution must be followed. The DPH applied for, and is registered with, the State of Missouri as a provider of the COVID-19 vaccines, which have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In December 2020, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended, and the State of Missouri adopted, an immunization plan that provides the distribution process begin with those within the Phase 1A category. On Jan. 14, 2021, the state recommended a transition toward the implementation of vaccinations for those in the Phase 1B-Tier 1 and Phase 1B-Tier 2 categories and further clarified groups of individuals eligible for additional phase categories. On March 15, 2021, the state will make those in Phase 1B-Tier 3 eligible to receive vaccinations. When additional vaccine becomes available, transition to the next distribution phase will be announced to the public.
Please click on the graphic or visit covidvaccine.mo.gov for additional information and further clarification on groupings within each phased category.
Continue to Stop the Spread of Illness: Before and After Your Vaccination
While you’re waiting your turn for the vaccine, please continue to help us stop the spread by wearing a mask, distancing from others, limiting your contacts, sanitizing often and staying home when sick. Go to work, then go home. Go to school, then go home. Run necessary errands, then go home. Be safe.
Vaccines have shown a high level of effectiveness in preventing the illness during their clinical trials, but it’s important to remember that they are just one part of the combination of tools available to help stop the pandemic. Even after being vaccinated, you should continue to follow all the guidelines listed above.
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Vaccine FAQs
Questions? As more information becomes available specific to St. Charles County, this site will be updated. The state website at covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts answers many questions about the safety, effectiveness, privacy, cost, availability and more regarding the vaccine.
How to become a vaccinator: The State of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan empowers local and regional communities to distribute the vaccine, and Regional Implementation Teams are being established - learn more. If you or your organization would like to help DPH vaccinate for COVID-19, please complete this survey.