Missouri expects to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:46:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri may receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week, Gov. Mike Parson announced on Wednesday.

If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the state may receive 105,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine according to Parson.

“We have been preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine for many months now, and everything has gone according to our state vaccine plan,” Parson said in a weekly press briefing. “Hospital administrators, health care workers, and Missourians from across the state have expressed how thankful they are that a vaccine is here and see these first shipments as a sign of hope for the future."

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is set to meet on Thursday to decide on whether to recommend Moderna's vaccine to the FDA.

According to Parson, the state has already received almost 51,675 does of the first Pfizer vaccine across the state's 21 initial vaccination sites.

The second Pfizer vaccine shipment is expected arrive next week.

Parson took the time to address skepticism surrounding the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"I want to assure that this vaccine is safe and highly effective," Parson said. "The vaccine's followed all the traditional standards for safety."