Governor Parson Announces First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive In Missouri

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Missouri. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday, December 11, confirming its safety and effectiveness. 

“Today is an exciting day for Missouri as we have received the first of many shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have been preparing for many months and will soon begin administering vaccines according to our COVID-19 vaccine plan,” Governor Parson said. “We appreciate the tireless work of our scientists, health care workers, state and private partners, and everyone who has helped get us to this point. It is truly remarkable how far we’ve come since the start of this pandemic, and we are very encouraged to now have a verifiably safe and effective vaccine.”

Both preparation and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine continue to run according to Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, which was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October.

Shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will continue throughout this week to each of Missouri’s 21 initial vaccination sites. These sites include hospitals and health care facilities across the state. As each vaccination site receives its shipment of vaccines, implementation of Phase 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine plan will begin. 

Governor Parson reminds Missourians that although a COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for use, it is important to continue practicing preventative measures, including social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings. These behaviors are especially important over the holiday season. 

“We are optimistic that this vaccine and future vaccines will provide much needed relief from COVID-19. However, until vaccines are widely available to the public, prevention remains our best weapon against the virus,” Governor Parson continued. “We must stay diligent in our efforts and continue to practice COVID-19 preventive measures.”

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A Big Thank You From Everyone Involved With 2020 Coats for Kids

Individuals who contributed to this year’s Coats for Kids project were eligible to win one of three (3) prizes in the drawing held Monday morning, Dec. 14 at the DSWA Certified Public Accountants office in Butler.

First prize, a Roku Ultra streaming TV attachment, went to Paul and Kay Cummings of Amsterdam; second prize, $50 in cash from DSWA, went to Carolyn Kimminau of Adrian;

and the third prize, a $25 gift card to the Wine Journal in Adrian, went to Marylyn Engelhart of  Butler.

In spite of all the challenges due to COVID-19, the Coats for Kids campaign was remarkably

successful this year.  Individuals and businesses and organizations dug deep and gave generously, to be sure that more than two hundred (200) young people from pre-school through high school across Bates County had new warm coats or jackets in time for the winter cold.

Sponsors Larry and Carol Ann Winburn partner with DSWA CPAs each fall to collect contri- butions and nominations, purchase and package brand-new coats, and then make sure each deserving child gets a coat or jacket that fits.  The sponsors thank the school nurses and teachers who help provide names and sizes, then take delivery and distribute the coats.  Of course, the Winburns and DSWA are always deeply grateful to all of you who provide the funds to make the project possible.

Bates Countians seem to come together every year in the spirit of giving and caring.  More than  200 kids say “thank you” with their smiles, as compassion wins big-time over need.