Letter from the President to the Maryville Community

Recently, Governor Parsons announced the COVID-19 vaccine priorities for the State of Missouri as well as the expanded criteria for individuals now eligible to receive it. Maryville has applied to the State of Missouri to be a vaccination site for our community; however, the state has not yet reviewed our application.

Based on the priorities outlined by the Governor, it is clear that some of you may be eligible to receive the vaccine through other healthcare providers and pharmacies before Maryville’s vaccination site application is considered. We want to ensure you have all of the information you need to receive the vaccine when eligible, and we recommend getting the vaccine as early as possible and not wait until Maryville’s application to be a vaccination site is processed.

State of Missouri Vaccination Priorities
Below are the priority phases for vaccination as outlined by the State of Missouri. While most Maryville faculty, staff and students will not be eligible until Phase 2 or Phase 3, some will be eligible based on their work inside or outside of the university or based on increased risk for severe illness. The groups highlighted in green are eligible to receive the vaccine from area healthcare providers, pharmacies, and public health authorities.

• Phase 1A: Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers and Long-Term Care Facility Residents and Staff
• Phase 1B – Tier 1: First Responders, Emergency Services, and Public Health Infrastructure
• Phase 1B – Tier 2: High Risk Individuals including anyone aged 65 and older
• Phase 1B – Tier 3: Critical Infrastructure
• Phase 2: Equity and Economic Recovery – will include higher education faculty and staff
• Phase 3: Remaining unvaccinated – will include most students

Information on vaccination priorities for community members residing in Illinois can be found here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq.

Vaccination Sites and Pre-Registration
For a complete list of vaccination sites in Missouri, please visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/map/. Several Missouri and Illinois counties and healthcare systems are offering pre-registration for the vaccine and those links can be found on SAINTSTRONG. Please note that public health authorities and healthcare providers have received a limited number of doses and generally receive notice only a day or two in advance of new shipments and quantities.

Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
All students, faculty and staff should submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccine via our vaccination reporting form. While the university has not made a decision about requiring the vaccine in the future, we are still asking community members to submit this information to help us with contract tracing efforts and to understand the vaccination needs on our campus as we prepare to become a vaccination site.

With the Biden Administration now in office, there is potential for the vaccine distribution plans to change. We will post updates on our SaintStrong website and highlight when additional groups are eligible for vaccination. For more information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine please visit: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/.

If you have additional questions, contact the Maryville Health and Wellness Office at healthandwellness@maryville.edu or 314-920-9520.

Mark Lombardi