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St. Louis area vaccinators not moving to next phase of rollout despite state's March 15 announcement

ST. LOUIS — When the state moves to Phase 1B-Tier 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout process, it will happen without some of the St. Louis area’s major vaccinators being on board, the head of the Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force told 5 On Your Side. “I think it depends on who the vaccinator is. So I can tell you from the health care system's point of view, we're still focusing on that 1B-2 population, and then specifically on that age-based criteria,” said Dr. Alex Garza. A Mercy spokesperson confirmed, saying that will be the case for "all of us in the St. Louis area." Governor Mike Parson announced the state would open the vaccine rollout to the tier including “critical infrastructure workers” on March 15 in a news conference last Thursday. This expands access to about 550,000 more Missourians. However, Dr. Garza said the local health care system has a long way to go in vaccinating those currently eligible before they’re able to expand access to the people included in the next round of the rollout plan. Read more: Here's how to register for a vaccine in your county (where available):
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