Parish Nurse Notes
Diane Huck, RN, MSN
COVID-19 VACCINES (click on title to download article)
As we welcome 2021, the new COVID-19 vaccines give us more reason to be hopeful. Vaccination helps slow the spread of this serious infection.
Vaccinations for covid-19 are beginning to be available in the St. Louis area. While supplies are limited and priority is being given to health care workers and first responders, there are some opportunities to possibly receive the vaccine and be alerted when and where to register for these immunizations.
Apply with the City of St Louis to register for alerts when vaccines are available to priority groups and the general public. Go to the St Louis City Health Department website to complete the online application or call the City’s Covid-19 Hotline at 314-657-1499.
Care StL is also accepting registrations for advanced notification of vaccine availability. Call 314-633-6363 for details.
If you are a patient with physicians at SSM, you may be eligible to obtain a vaccination through the SSM clinics. Call 314-955-9600.
Mercy South is making appointments even for those who are not patients of the Mercy system. Contact them at 833-364-6777.
You can also check with your primary provider’s office as some of these have the vaccine for their patients.
It’s expected to be several months before everyone who wants to be vaccinated will get one. Be patient, yet vigilant, as supplies and distribution are processed.
Even with the vaccination, maintaining basic prevention measures as below are still recommended.
-Wearing face coverings when in public
-Frequent hand washing/sanitizing
-Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
-Avoid others who are sick, or if you are feeling sick.
By doing our part each day, we can look forward to healthier days to come.