JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMIZ)
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is expected to announce updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic during a news briefing Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
Watch a livestream of the briefing in the media player below.
Teachers across the state have voiced concerns about getting vaccinated as soon as possible because most school districts have returned to in-person learning.
The state is still in Phase 1B Tier 2 of its vaccination plan. Those who are 65 and older and those with certain underlying health conditions are a priority under tier 2. Educators and school staff won’t be eligible to receive the vaccine until the state moves to Phase 1B Tier 3.
Parson responded to the concern from educators on his Twitter account. He tweeted that he hears the concerns of educators but that the state may not immediately change the current plan.
“Right now, Missouri must remain committed to protecting the more than 3 million senior citizens, health care providers, first responders, and those with underlying health conditions who are currently eligible for the vaccine,” Parson said in a tweet.
The governor added that his daughter is also a teaher.
In a separate tweet, Parson said the main delay in receiving a shot of vaccine is related to supply. He added that the state is working to increase access to it.
Recent winter storms have canceled vaccination events across the state. Parson said at his briefing last week that shipments of vaccine doses would be delayed because of the weather conditions.
Parson encouraged citizens to get registered to receive the vaccine, on the state’s new Missouri Vaccine Navigator site.
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