MEMPHIS, Mo. (WGEM) — More Missourians became eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday as the state moved into the second tier of Phase 1b.
The new tier opens the vaccine up to those 65-or-older, as well as those 18 or older with a large array of medical issues such as cancer, pregnancy, COPD, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and heart conditions.
But local hospitals said it might be a while before those people will be able to get their first dose.
Administrators at Scotland County Hospital said they don’t have enough vaccine doses, so those in Phase 1b will have to wait for their shot.
CEO Dr. Randall Tobler said they’re waiting for the state to send them more doses.
“Really it’s a supply chain problem,” he said. “They have limited supplies and they’re dependent on what they get from the federal allocation.”
Tobler said until then, they’ll keep vaccinating hospital staff and frontline workers.
“They’re in constant contact with folks who might be infected,” he said.
Local residents said they’re looking forward to getting their shot.
“I would like to get the vaccine for COVID,” Benjie Briggs said. “My brother who lives in Texas, he’s 84. He either got it or was going to get the vaccine as soon as he could he said.”
But Briggs said she understands the reason for the delay.
“I can understand it for our healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, anyone what works in our care center which is important,” she said.
Tobler said right now they’re making a list of those in Phase 1b who want to get the vaccine when it becomes available.
“As of this morning our list is 106 deep,” he said.
“I know the health department has their own list and it’s growing of course by the day. I think as the word gets out that the vaccine will be available, I think that people are beginning to understand that it really can help us turn the corner the quicker more people get vaccinated.”
Officials said if you want to get your name on the list, make sure to call the health department or the hospital’s COVID hotline 660-956-6820.