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City, other Missouri sites host mass vaccination clinics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — About 1,800 people received the coronavirus vaccine Saturday on the third day in a row of large vaccination events in St. Louis.

Altogether, about 4,500 people were vaccinated at events in the city on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Several counties in the St. Louis area are planning large-scale vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, and city officials said they will probably hold more large events like the ones held last week as soon as more vaccine doses arrive.

Saturday’s vaccination clinic at Union Station downtown targeted people aged 65 and older and people with qualifying health conditions. City officials said some vaccine doses were also given to city police officers, firefighters and corrections workers.

“The supply of what’s being made available is not keeping up with how many people are currently eligible to be vaccinated,” said Jacob Long, spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Krewson tweeted on Saturday, “Thank you to everyone who made the City’s first large vaccination event a success and to those who rolled up their sleeves to help protect our community …”

The state held nine mass vaccination clinics on Friday, staffed by the Missouri National Guard. State officials are working to speed up distribution of the vaccine across Missouri.

State officials said Sunday that 394,065 people in Missouri had received the first dose of a vaccine — or about 6.4 percent of the state’s population. Of those, 117,592 have received a second dose.

MetroSTL.com staff contributed to this report.

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