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Governor Mike Parson recently announced all Missouri residents will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 9 - and health officials say that does apply to international and out-of-state college students.

Stephanie Browning, the director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, said out-of-state and international students qualify to sign up for vaccine appointments with proof of address.

“If you’re using your local address that you use here, we consider you our resident,” Browning said. “You should be fine to get vaccinated here, same with the international students. So just have them use their local address and everything should be good,” says Browning.

Monday marked the opening of the next tier for COVID-19 vaccination eligibility in Missouri. This week on Views of the News, how transparent is that process, and what lengths are residents going to in order to find and sign up for appointments? Also, criticism rains down on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, a potential new suitor for Tribune Publishing and how leaders across America are planning to repopulate newsrooms.

The Check-In: The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Feb 19, 2021
Margaret Day/Joann Martin

Since our last episode of The Check-In, a lot has happened. It's 2021, we have a new presidential administration, and a new plan for rolling out vaccines for COVID-19. But how is the rollout going here in Mid-Missouri?  Are you one of the more than 878,000 people to receive a shot, or are you still on a waiting list? How is it going for you?

Today, we'll speak with two guests to answer some of the most common questions about the vaccine rollout in Mid-Missouri. 

Our guests:

Dr. Margaret Day, Co-Chair, MU Health Care Vaccination Committee

Courtesy of MU Health Care

Last Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced Missouri would enter Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, making millions of Missourians eligible for vaccination. But the vast majority of those eligible still have to wait to be inoculated. That’s because supply of the two vaccines approved for distribution — from Pfizer and Moderna — hasn’t mirrored the growth in eligibility. 

Sara Humm is with the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services department. She says the department is still prioritizing 1A — health providers and long-term care facility residents — and the first tier of 1B, which includes emergency responders. "“The state said that we could start working on tier 2," Humm said. "The reason we haven’t is we do not have enough vaccine to do so.” 

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While health providers and public health officials across Missouri continue to work on getting people with the highest prioritization vaccinated against COVID-19, they are also preparing for the next phase. The 1B group laid out in the state's vaccination plan encompasses a wide variety of people, including high-risk individuals, first responders and a broad swathe of essential workers. 

MU Health Care's main campus, near Stadium Blvd. in downtown Columbia.
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MU Health Care has a tiered system for distributing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to its staff as soon as it gets its first shipment. The vaccine is still awaiting emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. 

Staff who work directly with COVID-19 patients and carrying out other high-risk procedures will be the highest priority for vaccination. After that high-priority group, support staff including custodians would be the next target for vaccination.