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Missouri Gov. Parson hints at expanding vaccine access, including to teachers

Missouri Gov. Parson hints at expanding vaccine access, including to teachers


Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday said that vaccine doses have been distributed equitably across Missouri. He took time during a press conference to say that the head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, Dr. Alex Garza, was spreading misinformation and fear. Garza said Tuesday that he didn't think the doses were being allocated in the amount needed "to address the needs of our region."

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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday hinted that the state would likely expand vaccine access soon, including to teachers. 

During a wide-ranging interview with Fox4 Kansas City and The Kansas City Star, Parson said news about the state's vaccine plan would come during a Thursday afternoon news briefing. 

Advancing phases in the state's vaccine plan would include allowing teachers to be able to receive the vaccine "pretty shortly," Parson said. 

Teachers have pleaded with the state for higher vaccine priority, as most neighboring states have already vaccinated teachers. About 95% of Missouri's school buildings are open to students at some capacity, according to the state education department.

Also included in the state's next phase, 1B-Tier 3, are child care providers, government employees, food and agriculture workers, and several other sectors identified as "critical infrastructure."

Parson's news conference is set for 3:15 p.m. Thursday. 

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