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Gov. Parson: Missouri National Guard to set up mass vaccination sites

Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday the Missouri National Guard will staff nine large sites throughout the state devoted to coronavirus vaccinations. There will be a site in each of the state’s nine highway patrol regions, with the first one being set up now in southeast Missouri.

“Each team will have the capability to administer as many as 2,500 doses per day,” said Parson.

MU Health Care said this week Faurot Field will soon become a mass vaccination site, but it’s unclear if it’s the one the National Guard is handling.

Parson also said while more Missourians are eligible to receive the shot now, there isn’t enough supply to vaccinate everyone in those groups yet. More than 265,000 doses of the vaccine have gone out in Missouri so far. The state recently activated the first two tiers of Phase 1-B of its vaccination plan, allowing first responders, public health professionals, people 65 and older and those with an underlying health condition.

(This story was last updated at 5:59 a.m. Thursday.)

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