Inform Your Choice
The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal one. Vaccinate STL aims to connect people with clear facts and resources that can help individuals make an informed decision for themselves and their family members about obtaining the vaccine.
COVID-19 is affecting kids more than ever.
Should I be worried about COVID-19 variants?
In recent weeks, most areas of Missouri have experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This is largely because new variants of the COVID-19 virus are moving through our community, particularly the Delta variant.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur”. Some variants of a given disease are more severe or contagious than the original version. Learn more about variants here on the CDC website. The good news? We already know what to do to protect ourselves and help prevent illness in our communities!
Regional Data: What should I do to protect myself as infections increase across the region?
- COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very effective, even against new variants. Vaccines prevent you from getting sick, and reduce your chances of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Getting the vaccine is also a great way to protect your loved ones and those around you, by decreasing community spread of the disease. The choice to get vaccinated is yours. Visit PrepareSTL for more information.
- Wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing continue to offer additional levels of protection from the virus.
- Key Reminders from the CDC: It’s recommended that people who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask indoors. People who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission, which currently includes nearly all of Missouri and Illinois as of August 2021. See the CDC’s full guide to masking here.
- Monoclonal Antibody Therapy can be used to treat COVID-19.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for free treatment.
- FDA-approved Monoclonal Antibody Therapy boosts your immune system with antibodies to help fight COVID-19 and reduce your likelihood of experiencing severe symptoms.
- During treatment, patients will receive a one-time outpatient IV infusion of antibodies.
- Contact your doctor, or a Community Referral Coordinator (CRC) below, to receive more information and find out if Monoclonal Antibody Treatment is right for you!
Key Reminder: The vaccine will be completely free to you
If you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, it will be completely free to you, whether you have health insurance or not. Providers may charge insurance companies, but never the patient. Receiving the vaccine will be totally free to the community.
At the beginning of April 2021, all adult residents across Missouri and Illinois (ages 12+) became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Although this qualifies millions of people across our region to receive a vaccine, issues with access and availability are still abundant. The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) and our partners are combating access barriers for the community in two key ways:
Request an Educational Presentation
Through a partnership with PrepareSTL and the COVID-19 Regional Response Team (RRT), volunteer medical providers from BJC HealthCare and SSM Health are offering community-based vaccine education! Presentations will center the physical and material well-being of African Americans and Communities of Color, healing from trauma, and informed choice regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. Speakers will not encourage individuals to take the vaccine, but rather provide people-centered, factual information. If you would like to request a presentation from the speakers bureau, sign up here!
Hold a Vaccination Event in your Community
Health care providers across the region are available to help organizations host vaccination events onsite within their community. Events can be held at local churches, community centers, nonprofit organizations, and other accessible sites. Organizations provide the location and assist with outreach efforts, while the medical partner oversees vaccine administration! Visit the RHC’s interest page to learn more.
Health Care Resources
If you do not have an established primary care physician and/or health insurance, Community Referral Coordinators (CRC) with the St. Louis Integrated Health Network may be able to help you access care! Contact a CRC below for assistance:
Community Referral Coordinators assist you by:
- Supporting you in connecting with a Primary Care Provider (PCP)
- Helping you get established at a community health center
- Exploring options for health insurance programs
- Scheduling follow up appointments
- Assisting with applications for the Gateway to Better Health Program, a temporary health care program for uninsured adults across St. Louis City and County.
Vaccination Locations and Events
All residents across Missouri and Illinois (ages 12+) are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Click on each provider’s listing below to find a link to registration and appointment information. Visit MOStopsCOVID for more vaccination events taking place across the St. Louis Region (Region C). Pro Tip: Click “filter” on the map below to find locations that allow walk-in appointments.
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Click on each provider’s logo below to find registration information, or to schedule an appointment:
Useful Telephone Numbers
For those without computer access, the State of Missouri has a COVID-19 hotline available to assist patients to register. Call (877) 435-8411.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has set up a phone line to help seniors who don’t have internet access schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Aid may also be available for St. Louis County seniors who cannot drive to a site. Call (314) 615-2660.
Additional Health Departments and Retail Locations
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here, you have to decide whether or not to get it. You need trusted, fact-based information, to make an informed decision. You have control over what happens to your body. Consider the virus, the vaccine, and your immune system. Visit PrepareSTL for more information!
Vaccinate STL is brought to you in partnership with the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, a collaboration between regional hospital systems, public health departments, elected leaders, and community organizations, all working together to provide the best possible care to patients.