When Can I Get Vaccinated for COVID-19?

A citizen receives the COVID-19 vaccine

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, you might be wondering when you can receive the two-dose vaccine series. The answer depends on your occupation, health and age, as well as the availability of vaccines.

Who decides?

Federal regulators determine how many vaccine doses are supplied to each state based on the state’s adult population. After consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each state determines the order in which its residents can receive the vaccine and defined who fits into certain categories.

How long will it take before I can be vaccinated?

How long it will take to move through the phases depends on the supply of vaccines and when the state determines it's time to move to the next phase of distribution. Sign up for our vaccine survey, and we will update you as soon as we have vaccine appointments available. Our ability to vaccinate depends on our supply of vaccine.

MU Health Care is just one of many venues for vaccination in the area. Visit the state of Missouri's vaccinator map to find others.

What's the distribution plan?

Here is Missouri’s current plan for distributing vaccines. As of Jan. 18, the state of Missouri has approved vaccinating people in Phase 1A and Tier 1 and Tier 2 of Phase 1B.

State of Missouri COVID-19 Vaccine Availability Phases
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available in phased approach. Learn more.

Phase 1A

  • Health care workers who may have direct or indirect exposure to the coronavirus and are unable to work from home.
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.

Phase 1B

  • Tier 1: First responders, emergency services, and public health infrastructure
    • First responders, such as police officers, emergency medicine personnel and firefighter, emergency management and public works, emergency services sector, and non-patient facing public health infrastructure.
  • Tier 2: High-risk individuals 
    • People older than 65 and people 18-64 who are considered high-risk. Factors include, but are not limited to, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease.
  • Tier 3: Critical infrastructure
    • Essential workers, such as child care workers, teachers and school staff, water and waste employees, energy workers, critical manufacturing workers, and food and agricultural workers.

Phase 2

  • Equity and economic recovery including financial services, the chemical sector, commercial facilities, critical manufacturing employees, remaining food and agricultural workers, higher education, disproportionately affected populations, and the homeless. 

Phase 3

  • All remaining Missouri residents.

It is important to know that these recommendations may change as the vaccine continues to be distributed. Stay tuned for the latest.

How Can I Get the Vaccine?

Learn about our vaccination site and process.

Sign Up for Vaccine Notification

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