JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (WSIL) -- Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1B - Tier 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan will be activated on Monday, March 15, 2021.
Phase 1B-Tier 3 includes those who are considered essential workers, including K-12 educators and school employees; child care providers; grocery store employees; and energy, food, agriculture, and other critical infrastructure workers, among others.
With the activation of Phase 1B-Tier 3, approximately 550,000 more Missourians will be eligible for the vaccine.
For the full list of categories included in Phase 1B - Tier 3, click here. Missourians in Phase 1A and Phase 1B-Tier 1 and Tier 2 will also remain eligible.
Currently, the state estimates that there are approximately 800,000 Missourians who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated. By March 15, the state expects this number to decrease to approximately 400,000.
This week, Missouri was allotted more than 120,000 initial doses of the Modena and Pfizer vaccine for distribution across the state. Next week, Missouri has been allotted more than 128,500 initial doses. This allotment could increase if the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to happen by the end of this week.