County prosecutor Bell sets virus vaccine example

County prosecutor Bell sets virus vaccine example

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell received his second injection of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday. The prosecutor invited the media to his medical appointment to raise awareness about the vaccine and encourage people to make their appointments or add their names to the waiting list.

Bell said after receiving his vaccination: “What brought this about was that as I have been talking to constituents and people in the community, I’m just seeing, I’m just hearing, too many people express reluctance and trepidation about getting the vaccine; and I thought it was important to bring awareness, to lead from the front.”

“I think it is important for our local leaders to get out in front and show people that we are not asking you to do anything that we’re not doing,” Bell added.

Bell received the injection at the John C. Murphy Health Center, 6121 N. Hanley Road, off North Hanley and Airport Road in north St. Louis County. The center has been administering hundreds of vaccines to first responders and health care workers under the Phase 1B – Tier 1 rollout plan.

In the coming weeks, if the supply shortages are corrected, Phase 1B – Tier 2 will be implemented. Anyone 65 and older and those with pre-existing conditions and chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, sickle cell anemia or developmental disabilities should be next to get the shots.

Tier 3 focuses on people in critical jobs such as child care, education, food and energy, transportation, and water management among others.

Bell stressed the importance of obtaining the vaccine and stated that it was a priority for him to set an example to the public, even though he acknowledged he was not comfortable with needles.

I’m one that does not like shots, but you gotta do what you gotta do,” Bell said about the experience.

Missouri is one of the last states to get the vaccine rolled out, and shortages have caused some back-and-forth arguments between local and state leaders.

Bell added that it was incumbent on everyone, especially the most vulnerable, to get the vaccine. 

For more information on where you can obtain the vaccine or add your name to the waiting list in St. Louis County, visit https://stlcorona.com/covid19-vaccines/

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