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National Guard to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination events in Missouri

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (WSIL) -- Two-thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are heading to Poplar Bluff for a drive-through vaccination program Friday.

The Butler County Health department says, this is the first of several more drive-through vaccination programs ahead with the Jefferson City National Guard is coordinating the drive-through events.

This is the first large-scale vaccination program for the state. Joining the National Guard are nurses from local hospitals, and nursing students from Three Rivers College, who will give the shots. The drive-through is open to anyone who qualifies as a Phase 1A or Phase 1B recipient.

Butler County EMA Director Robbie Myers says, the National Guard is leading this effort, playing a vital role at this critical time.

"They're going to be escorting it, taking care of all the logistics, setting up the stations, taking care of traffic control; they will be handling everything short of putting the shots in the arm," explains Myers. "And we're just proud of the men and women who serve us and will help us get closer to being on the other side of COVID."

The 2,000 doses for Friday's vaccination event in Popular Bluff are booked; however, the National Guard will operate another drive-through event in Cape Girardeau, at the Show Me Center January 29, and are making plans for another event in Pemiscot County the following week.

The health department says for those registered for Friday's event, there's no need to worry about their place in line, because their vaccine will be waiting for them whenever they arrive.

Event Details:

Date: 01/22/2021 (Fri.)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm CST
Location: Hydro Adventures, 2801 Cheshire Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Joe Rehana

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