While COVID-19 cases improve, very little vaccine in Joplin

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The number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Joplin; it’s also part of a national trend. At the same time, there is minimal vaccine to go around in Joplin. Earlier this week, at the Joplin City Council meeting, Health Director Ryan Talken said that the department is ready to administer vaccines, but local pharmacies and hospitals had very few does. “The city of Joplin is prepared. We are in the final stages of getting the coalition site in place, basically putting the finishing touches on it. Waiting on, vaccine, vaccine continues to be the limiting factor.” On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson tweeted that the state currently has 265,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, although supply continues to be tight across the state. The Missouri Department of Health has also created mass vaccination teams that could inoculate as many as 2,500 Missourians per day. No word though on when one of those teams would arrive in Southwest Missouri.

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