Late last week, the state of Missouri opened up eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations.
All residences, ages 16 and older, have the opportunity to get a vaccine.
In Perry County, a total of 7,726 doses of vaccine have been administered. This is a reported 23.8 percent of residents who have initiated vaccination. Of the county’s total population of 19,136, there have been 17.3 percent who have completed vaccination.
Perry County’s completed vaccination percent ranks 54th in the state. Nearby counties are both higher and lower on the list.
A total of 84 first-dose Moderna vaccines were administered at a health department clinic at Trinity Lutheran School in Altenburg April 8.
Counting first and second doses, the county has administered 1,619 in March, according to Perry County Health Department director Sylvia Forester.
Not all of the appointment times were filled at the Altenburg clinic. Additional opportunities for first dose public clinics which still have openings are Monday, April 19; Monday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 28. All of the clinics are at the health department (406 North Spring Street, Suite 1). Call 573-547-6564 to set up an appointment.
“As vaccine supplies increase, there will be more opportunities for individuals to receive the vaccine,” Forester said. “Missouri has already started to see the supply chain increase and is part of the state was able to open availability to the general public sooner than originally anticipated.”
As of April 13, there were eight active cases of COVID-19 in Perry County. the seven-day rolling average has been hovering around one for the last several days, according to Perry County Health Department assistant director Liz House.
Local availability (Subhead)
Several options are available for those seeking to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination.
Nearby vaccinations are available Cross Trails Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Those interested can complete the registration process at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTMCCovidSurvey.
Walmart in Perryville as well as three Cape Girardeau locations have the vaccine. Schedule an appointment by visiting walmart.com/cp/flu-shots-immunizations/1228302.
Vaccinations also are available through SEHealth and St. Francis Medical Center.
In addition, a statewide portal to register for a dose can be accessed at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator.