JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Thanks to vaccine supply steadily increasing, we believe we are in a good position to activate Phase 1B – Tier 3 on March 15, which will make approximately 550,000 more Missourians eligible to receive a vaccine,” Missouri Governor Mike Parson posted today, March 1, 2021.
Over the weekend, the FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. It’s given as a single dose, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two doses. Missouri vaccinators are expecting to get the first 50,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Wednesday.
Although the new Tier will be activated on the 15th, Missourians in Phase 1A and Phase 1B – Tier 1 and Tier 2 will also remain eligible.
Phase 1B – Tier 3: Critical Infrastructure
Protecting those who keep the essential functions of society running
- Education: Teachers, faculty, and staff in public, private, and nonprofit pre K – 12.
- Childcare: Faculty and staff in a DHSS or DSS -licensed facility providing basic care to children
- Communications Sector Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide communications services
- Dams Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide services in the dams sector related to critical water retention and control services.
- Energy Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide energy services, regardless of the energy source.
- Food/Agriculture Sector – initial: Employees of certain food production and processing facilities, and related operations, prioritizing mass food production, distribution, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, including grocery and convenience stores where groceries are sold; includes veterinary services.
- Government: Elected officials in any branch of government at the state, county, and/or municipal levels required for the continuity of government; members of the judiciary at the federal, state, and/or local levels required for the continuity of government; employees designated by the federal government that fall within the state’s vaccine allocation responsibilities; other designated government personnel required for the continuity of government.
- Information Technology Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide IT services.
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector: Employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that work in this sector.
- Transportation Systems Sector: Employees in the transportation systems sector including aviation, highway and motor carriers, maritime transportation systems, mass transit and passenger rail, pipeline systems, freight rail, and postal shipping.
- Water and Wastewater Systems Sector Employees at public, private, and/or nonprofit organizations that provide drinking or wastewater services.