Missouri could receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine around December 15

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services tells Missouri Capitol Bureau Reporter Emily Manley that it could receive a COVID-19 vaccine around December 15.

Health officials say that could happen as long as the FDA approves Pfizer’s request for Emergency Use Authorization.

There will be about 50,000 doses in the first shipment.

“I think we are safe to say, if all goes as planned with Pfizer’s progress, Missouri hopes to see its first doses in the next two to three weeks,” said Kelli JonesDirector of Communications for Gov. Parson

Monday, Gov. Parson was on the phone call with other governors across the country with Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Manley is working on more details in Jefferson City and will be giving updates on twitter.

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