Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Department of Health and Human Services authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration for adolescents

Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Dr. George Turabelidze, State Epidemiologist, signed the standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals 12 to 15 years in the state of Missouri. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to […]

Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: “Missouri vaccinators to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine”

Missouri COVID-19 vaccinators will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. This decision was made following the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it has studied and confirmed that the pause on its use can be lifted. It was concluded that the known […]

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Lawmakers introduce bill requiring Biden to declassify Wuhan lab leak intelligence

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 to require the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the Covid pandemic. “For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has […]

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Missouri’s work toward vaccine accessibility for those with disabilities highlighted at national level

Representatives from Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine planning team will present to a national audience on the state’s efforts toward prioritizing those with disabilities for vaccination. The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting the virtual forum – Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination. […]

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Biden administration to reverse birth control access restrictions

The Biden administration has taken the first steps in the regulatory process to eliminate the domestic gag rule, which forced more than 900 reproductive-health clinics nationwide to leave the Title X family-planning program and lose major amounts of funding. Rachel Fey, vice president for policy and strategic partnerships at the contraceptive-access advocacy group Power to Decide, said the […]

Household Expenses, budget or mortgage

Missouri spending bill would offer money for mortgage help, utility bills

(Missouri Independent) – Help may be coming for Missouri homeowners behind on their mortgage payments because of COVID-19 income losses. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday added $150 million in federal mortgage assistance funds to the supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year, one of several new sections using money from pandemic relief bills passed by Congress […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Mask Order Rescinded

Trenton R-9 School District announces mask mandate has been rescinded

The Superintendent of Trenton R-9 School District, Michael Stegman, announced that effective today, April 16, 2021, Trenton R-IX Schools has rescinded the mask mandate used during the COVID-19 outbreak. Masks are now optional, and social distancing is still encouraged at school, events, and gatherings.  School officials are asking staff and students to stay meticulous in fighting COVID-19.  […]

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Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended at least a week as federal health panel wrestles with next steps

(Missouri Independent) – Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women. That means states and federally run vaccine sites will […]

Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Area COVID-19 clinics likely to see vaccine supplies “tighten up” due to pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

A pause in the administration of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will affect area vaccinations. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a joint statement recommending the pause out of caution after six cases of reported blood clots in female patients. Grundy County Health Department Administrator Elizabeth […]

Ticks

Missouri residents asked to mail ticks to university for new study on distribution of tick species

Most people who have ventured through Missouri woods, fields, yards, and other outdoor environments have encountered ticks. These small, creepy crawlers climb on and cling to clothes and skin in search of a blood meal. Some tick species and the bacterial pathogens they carry can also cause illnesses in people. The Missouri Department of Conservation […]

COVID-19 South African Variant

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports state’s first confirmed case of South African variant

 The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is reporting the first identification in a Missouri resident of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.351, which was first identified in South Africa in December 2020 and began being reported in the United States in late January.  The B.1.351 variant was identified in a sample from an adult living […]

Teenager Vaping

Teen vaping on the rise in Chillicothe, even found among fourth-grade school students

Chillicothe Police School Resource Officer Eric Menconi says he has talked with law enforcement officers, school officials, and health professionals about everyday issues children face. About 70% of the conversations occurred because of incidents in which a student was found using alcohol, tobacco products, or other illicit drugs. He notes the most common problem is […]

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Missouri adds county-level antigen test data to online public health dashboard

On its online public health dashboard, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began posting county-level data showing “probable” COVID-19 cases detected by antigen testing. Last fall, DHSS began reporting statewide numbers of reported negative and positive antigen tests.  DHSS will follow the guidance of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) […]

Janssen Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issues order for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administration

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services signed the standing order for Janssen Biotech, Inc. COVID-19 vaccine administration after a review of preliminary recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are incredibly appreciative to be receiving additional vaccines in Missouri, and we remain committed […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Governor Parson announces timeline for activation of Phase 1B -Tier 3 of COVID-19 vaccine plan

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. “Missouri has had a vaccine plan since October, and this has not changed. We have been very disciplined in following our plan,” Governor Parson said. “With vaccine supply steadily increasing, we […]