Ron Fitzwater
Ron Fitzwater

Fitzwater: Moderna vaccine more likely in Mid-Mo

You may end up getting the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Ron Fitzwater with the Missouri Pharmacy Association says the Pfizer vaccine being developed in St. Louis County probably won’t initially be used here in mid-Missouri.

“[The Pfizer vaccine] will probably be a viable option in larger metropolitan areas.”

Fitzwater says the Moderna vaccine does not require the negative 94 degree storage temperatures like the Pfizer vaccine does. Moderna’s can be stored at temperatures of negative 4 degrees. Moderna’s vaccine will only require one shot, while Pfizer’s will need two.

The first vaccine doses could be given to some Missourians in December. State health director Randall Williams has said to expect widespread availability for Missourians in April.

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