Missouri officials struggle to keep up with vaccine demand

Associated Press
Doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are prepped to be administered to healthcare workers on the frontlines at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City on Monday, December 14, 2020.

ST. LOUIS — More than 172,000 people in St. Louis County have registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the the local health department so far has only received 975 doses, county Executive Sam Page said Monday.

The county expects more doses to arrive Tuesday but the number it will receive was unclear, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Page also urged residents to be honest about the information they use to register for vaccinations, saying some have falsely claimed to be health care workers or brought along family members who aren't eligible.

"This has not been a huge problem, but as the availability of the vaccine increases, (this) ultimately slows down the process, elevates tensions and deprives the vaccine to our most vulnerable — those most likely to have severe outcomes if infected by the virus," he said.

A new phase of vaccinations began Monday in Missouri that allows older people and those with certain pre-existing conditions to be vaccinated.

Missouri health officials on Monday reported at least 11,983 COVID-19 cases in the past week. That's about 1,712 newly reported cases per day.

At least 6,256 deaths in Missouri have been attributed to the virus.