COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The State of Missouri recently announced COVID-19 vaccine priorities as well as the expanded criteria for individuals now eligible to receive it. Maryville University has applied with the State of Missouri to be a vaccination site for our community; however, the State of Missouri has not yet reviewed our application.
Based on the vaccination priorities, some Maryville Community members may be eligible to receive the vaccine through other healthcare providers and pharmacies before Maryville is approved to offer the vaccine on campus. Below you’ll find information about vaccination priorities as well as other resources to keep you up to date on vaccine distribution.
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
State of Illinois Vaccination Priorities
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 counties and healthcare systems are offering pre-registration for the vaccine. Links are included below for your convenience. 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.
State of Missouri Vaccine Navigator
The State of Missouri has a Vaccine Navigator tool to help Missourians navigate the COVID-19 vaccination process. You can find the tool here.
- St. Louis City: Residents can sign up here to receive vaccination notifications.
- St. Louis County: Resident can pre-register for here.
- St. Charles County: Resident can pre-register for the vaccine here.
- Jefferson County: Residents can pre-register here.
- Warren County: Residents can pre-register here through Mercy.
- Lincoln County: Residents can pre-register here.
- Franklin County: Residents can pre-register here through Mercy.
- St. Francois County: Residents can pre-register here.
Missouri Healthcare Sites
- St. Clair County: Residents can sign up here to pre-register and for information.
- Madison County: Residents can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine here.
- Monroe County: Residents can sign up here for notifications.
- Clinton County: Residents 65 and above should call 618-594-6622 to be put on the 1B waitlist.
Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
All students, faculty and staff should submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccine here.
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 as it helps us with contract tracing efforts and to understand the vaccination needs on our campus as we prepare to become a vaccination site.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Should I register now, even if my tier doesn’t have doses ready?
Yes, sites are accepting pre-registration for all tiers and are contacting individuals as they become eligible and have supplies available.
- Should I register with the county I reside in or through Maryville?
Because Maryville has not yet been approved as a vaccination site, we are currently not accepting pre-registration for the vaccine. Individuals are encouraged to register through their county and with area healthcare systems. Because it is unknown how many doses the county or healthcare systems will receive or when they will receive them, it is advisable to register with any sites you are willing to visit to receive the vaccine.
- Who should I contact if I have a specific question about the Maryville’s vaccination plan?
If you have additional questions, please contact Maryville’s Health and Wellness Office at (314) 529-9520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How many doses of the vaccine will I receive, and will I get the same vaccination for the first and second dose?
Vaccines currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration require two doses taken three to four weeks apart; however, vaccines anticipated for approval in the next few months will require only one dose. If you receive a two-dose vaccine, you will receive 2 doses of the same vaccine formulation.
- Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is a Messenger RNA vaccine, also called a mRNA vaccine. mRNA vaccines do not contain a live virus and do not carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person. For more information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/.
- Where can I find information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 along with other important information can be found at: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/.
- Is there a cost associated to be vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccine is free as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Will a COVID-19 vaccination be required for Maryville students, faculty and staff?
The University has not made a determination on a requirement yet. We will communicate with the community once a decision is reached. We encourage all Maryville students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated when they are eligible.
- Once I am vaccinated, can I stop wearing a face covering and social distancing?
Until approximately 75 – 80% of the US population is vaccinated and we reach herd immunity, we will need to continue wearing face coverings and social distancing. Based on estimates for healthcare experts, we anticipate a more normal fall semester with reduced mitigation measures.
- After I am vaccinated will I still need to complete the daily health survey?
You will need to continue to complete the daily health survey. Although vaccination dramatically reduced the likelihood of severe COVID-19 illness, vaccinated individuals may still contract the virus and can pass it on to others. It is important the individuals who are exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive or have developed symptoms continue to report through the daily health survey and follow quarantine and isolation protocols as directed by the Health and Wellness Office.