Phase 2 of state vaccine plan opens access to 880,000, focuses on ‘economic recovery’

Phase 2 of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins Monday, opening vaccine access to about 880,000 more Missourians, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The second of the state’s three phases focuses on “protecting those who have been disproportionately affected” by the pandemic and on “accelerating economic recovery,” according to the state vaccination website.

The economic recovery focus of the second phase includes workers in commercial facilities, construction, critical manufacturing, financial services and higher education, among other sectors.

More than 1.5 million Missourians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday, according to the state vaccine dashboard. That represents about 24.5% of Missouri’s population. Nearly 880,000 people, or about 14.3% of residents, have completed vaccination.

Missouri ranks near the bottom nationally for vaccination rate by state. Across the U.S., 28.2% of the total population has received at least one dose of a vaccine as of Sunday, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The third and final phase of Missouri’s vaccine plan will open access to all adults in the state on April 9.

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