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Here's how you can get in line for the COVID-19 vaccine

Counties in Missouri and Illinois are asking people to fill out online surveys and sign-ups for the vaccine

ST. LOUIS — Last updated on March 5 at 4:25 p.m.

If you're raising your hand to roll up your sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine, it might feel like you can't get that shot soon enough. Both Missouri and Illinois are vaccinating people using a phased approach. 

Currently, Missouri is vaccinating populations in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tiers 1 and 2. On March 15, Missouri will allow those under Phase 1B Tier 3 to receive vaccinations, which includes about 550,000 more people.

Illinois is vaccinating people in Phase 1A and  Phase 1B and it moved to expand to Phase 1B Plus on Feb. 25.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force announced on Jan. 19 that it will work together to communicate the process to the public for making an appointment to receive the vaccine. Patients who are eligible and interested in receiving the vaccine can register through their local health departments (listed below under Missouri and Illinois sections) or the task force's regional health care systems.

If you have a loved one - a relative, neighbor, close friend - who does not have regular internet access or cannot receive text messages, consider offering to walk them through the pre-registration process or even completing it for them. Include your contact information if it will be the best way to connect with that person for both the first and second doses.

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Register through a St. Louis area health care system 

BJC HEALTHCARE: People may register on the health system’s website to be placed on a waiting list to receive a vaccine and once their eligible window opens up, they will be invited to make an appointment. Click here to register. As of March 3, BJC said it has vaccinated more than 78,000 people. The hospital system has also pre-registered more than 355,000 people to receive vaccinations.

MERCY: Mercy has added an automated phone number for people to call and request the COVID-19 vaccine for those without internet access: 1-833-364-6777. The hospital maintains the best way to request the vaccine continues to be online at mercy.net/MOVaccine. Anyone who has already registered online does not need to call.

SSM HEALTH: Those interested in receiving the vaccine may register online through the MyChart site and SSM Health will email patients when it is time to register for a vaccination appointment. Register with MyChart by clicking here. Vaccine questions may be emailed to COVIDVaccinationsSTL@SSMHealth.com.

ST. LUKE'S: St. Luke’s Hospital is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals in the Phase 1A and 1B populations. Those who are eligible can complete the form on lukesvaccine.com to be added to St. Luke's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic's waiting list. The form must be completed for each individual requesting placement on the waiting list. St. Luke's will contact you when an appointment is available.

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Missouri health departments

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has started a running list of mass vaccination events on its website that tracks and gives updates on vaccine distribution. Click here for a list. 

The state launched the Missouri Vaccine Navigator on Feb. 8. Individuals can use the website to register for a vaccine. Then they will fill out a questionnaire to determine their eligibility based on Missouri’s priority phases. Those without internet access may call the state's hotline at 877-435-8411.

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CRAWFORD COUNTY: Individuals who qualify to receive the vaccine in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1 and 2 may call the Crawford County Health Department to be placed on a waiting list. The number is 573-775-2555. The health department will contact people when vaccine is available. 

FRANKLIN COUNTY: The county has launched an online vaccine registration system for those who are eligible. For more information about vaccination, Franklin County residents can call 877-435-8411.

GASCONADE COUNTY: The health department is no longer accepting responses through its "vaccine precheck" form. Instead, the county has linked the state's online vaccine navigator. The health department will post updates on upcoming vaccine clinics on its Facebook page.

Hermann Hospital has also launched a vaccine signup form. The hospital and clinics will administer vaccines, once available, by appointment only.

IRON COUNTY: The health department is asking those who are interested in pre-registering for the vaccine to call the Iron County Health Department at 573-546-7121 or the Iron County Medical Center at 573-546-1260. Follow the county's Facebook page for updates.

JEFFERSON COUNTY: The Jefferson County Health Department said those who are interested in receiving the vaccine should register on its waiting list, which is on the health department's website. Anyone without internet access can call the department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Line at 636-789-8941.

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LINCOLN COUNTY: The Lincoln County Health Department has a COVID-19 pre-registration form on its website; click here for the Spanish version

"We expect to receive additional doses of vaccine to administer," the health department said in an email alert. "We are hopeful that this will become a regular occurrence and we will be able to start scheduling clinics on a more routine basis. Moving forward, we will not be sending out a Nixle message each time we receive a new vaccine shipment. Please be attentive about answering your phone when receiving calls from the health department."

The county is also seeking volunteers to help with the vaccination process in clinical or non-clinical roles. Fill out this form to register as a volunteer.

PHELPS COUNTY: The Phelps-Maries County Health Department has launched an online survey that asks residents about "views on the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccination," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. The survey responses will be used to guide the county's "public education mission." 

The health department has a hotline people may call if they do not have internet access or are unable to register themselves: 888-779-4710. 

PIKE COUNTY: The next vaccination clinic will be held on March 9 (with the second dose scheduled for April 6). Registration for this clinic opened on March 5 at 9 a.m. To register, call the health department at 573-324-2111 or visit the department's website. The health department is asking people to not register for this clinic if they will not be available to receive the second dose.

Registration will close once all appointments have been booked and re-open when a new clinic has been scheduled. Unless otherwise noted, the county said all clinics will take place at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 807 S. Court St. in Bowling Green. To receive emails about upcoming clinics, sign up for the health department's newsletters.

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY: St. Charles County's online form is a true pre-registration for people who live and work there. The county is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tiers 1 and 2. 

Anyone without a working email address or internet access can call the COVID-19 hotline at 636-949-1899 (answered 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday). County health spokespeople told 5 On Your Side they are working with many community partners (churches, non-profits and other senior-friendly organizations) to reach out to those who need assistance to learn about and complete the registration process and about hosting vaccination events for specific populations who may not be able to attend public events.

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY: The health department said county residents must register through the state. The county previously had its own registration but is now working through Missouri's Vaccine Navigator.

"Our small staff at SFCHC has worked diligently trying to personally contact those on the waiting list, however reaching thousands of people via phone calls is nearly impossible," the county wrote on its website. "We are hopeful that using Vaccine Navigator will expedite the vaccination process and help get the vaccine to those who still need it. Please know that you are a priority for us and we will aggressively work to get you vaccinated as soon as we can."  

ST. LOUIS CITY: City residents can be placed on a waiting list to receive the vaccine and vaccination notifications through a link on the health department's website. Those who sign up will be updated on the status of vaccine availability and the phased distribution of the vaccine.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY: There will be a mass vaccination event on March 6 at the North County Recreational Center, located at 2577 Redman Ave. About 2,000 doses will be administered. The health department will make appointments by pulling from its pre-registration list.

Residents can sign up to be vaccinated by visiting stlcorona.com and following the link for registration. They may also email dphcovidvaccine@stlouisco.com to receive the same link. Once registered, a "thank you message" will appear on your screen, confirming the county has your information.

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The county will contact you when they are able to schedule an appointment.

The Department of Public Health has also partnered with the County Older Residents Program to assist older individuals who may need assistance. Call 314-615-2660 to speak with staff who can help set up the appointments over the phone.

The county said those interested in receiving the vaccine may also register for vaccinations offered by local hospitals (listed above) but they should not make multiple appointments to receive the vaccine. 

"Doing that means that you are tying up a dose of vaccine that should go to someone else," the county health department wrote in a news release. "Remember: registering yourself with us and other entities is OK. Making more than one appointment IS NOT."

The county opened a mass vaccination clinic at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College on Feb. 3. The health department will contact people to schedule appointments if they have previously registered with the county. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 

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STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY:  The health department does not have any upcoming vaccine clinics scheduled. It posts information on vaccine clinics on its Facebook page.

However, neighboring Perry County is holding a vaccination clinic on March 10. Call the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564 to make an appointment.

WARREN COUNTY: The health department has set up an online registration system. Visit the health department's website for links and information on how to be placed on the waitlist to receive the vaccine.

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Those who are interested in receiving a vaccine may call the health department at 573-438-2164 to be placed on a waiting list or register online. Follow the health department's Facebook page for updates.

Vaccinator locations

Missouri has published an interactive map of locations approved to receive vaccinations. The map comes with the following disclaimer:

The state of Missouri is still experiencing an exceptionally limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Before contacting a vaccinator on this map to coordinate your vaccination, please understand that many vaccinators are still awaiting supplies from the federal government.

Because vaccinators are listed here does NOT mean:

  1. The identified provider has any vaccine on hand or ability to order at this time.
  2. The identified provider has an intent to publicly distribute vaccine.

Illinois health departments

The state has a map and list of approved vaccinators.

BOND COUNTY: The county health department has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Registry that will be used to update the community on any future vaccine clinics. Once the form is completed, a health department representative will contact you by phone regarding vaccination opportunities based on employment category. Follow the department's Facebook page for updates.

CALHOUN COUNTY: The health department is in the process of scheduling appointments for those who are eligible. Call 618-576-2428 to be placed on the vaccine waitlist. You must live or work in Calhoun County.

The health department asks that those who have friends or family members with no means of transportation and are interested in receiving the vaccine call 618-576-2428. Updates will also be posted on the county health department's Facebook page.

The county is also seeking volunteers (medical and non-medical) who may be able to help during mass vaccination clinics. If you are interested in volunteering, call the health department at 618-576-2428.

CLAY COUNTY: The health department has established a COVID-19 vaccination waiting list hotline. Those who are interested may call 618-403-5131 and leave the following information: full name, phone number, cause of eligibility (occupation, over 65 years old, etc.). When vaccines become available, the health department will contact you by phone. However, supply is limited so it may take "some time." The health department will post updates on its Facebook page.

CLINTON COUNTY: The Clinton County Health Department has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Registry online. Once you fill out the form online, a representative of the health department will contact you by phone regarding COVID-19 vaccination opportunities and scheduling based on your identified employment category.

FAYETTE COUNTY: The health department has temporarily suspended pre-registration for the vaccine while it "catches up" on those it has already received, according to the county's website

GREENE COUNTY: Those who work and live in Greene County may fill out a form to be placed on the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. The health department said it may take six to eight weeks before it is able to begin contacting those who fill out the form. The health department will post updates and information about vaccine distribution on its Facebook page.

JERSEY COUNTY: The county has begun scheduling vaccination clinics for those who are eligible. Follow the county on its Facebook page for updates.

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MACOUPIN COUNTY: The health department is in the process of vaccinating those in the 1A and 1B groups. Health care workers who have not been vaccinated may email covidvaccine@mcphd.net with their name, address, phone, email and occupation/employer.

The county asks that people not call the health department to inquire about the vaccine. However, residents who do not have internet access may call the county's health department COVID-19 helpline at 217-313-5078.

The county health department posts information about upcoming vaccination clinics on its Facebook page and website.

MADISON COUNTY: The county launched an online "COVID-19 Information Hub," which includes information about the coronavirus and vaccine. Within the hub, there is also a vaccine appointment scheduler. Click here to access the hub.

As of March 5, there are appointments available next week at a vaccination site in Godfrey. To make an appointment, click here. You must live or work in Madison County.

If you do not have computer access, call 618-650-8445 for help scheduling an appointment.  

Weekly vaccination clinics will take place in the following locations: Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville and Lewis and Clark Community College Commons in Godfrey.

A mass vaccination site opened in Collinsville on Feb. 23, which will be capable of administering 1,350 doses every day. You will need to make an appointment on the Madison County Health Department's website.

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MARION COUNTY: The health department is in the process of vaccinating people who are eligible, according to its Facebook page. Call the health department at 618-548-3878 to add your name to the waitlist.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:  Those who are interested in receiving the vaccine should call 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to be added to the waitlist. You may also email your name, age, and phone number to mchdpublichealth@gmail.com. Follow the health department's Facebook page for updates.

MONROE COUNTY: The health department is in the process of administering the vaccine and people are encouraged to sign up on a notification system called Code RED. The county will use this system to alert residents when it is their turn. People should fill out a COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form and bring it with them when they arrive for their appointment. Follow the health department's Facebook page for updates.

RANDOLPH COUNTY: The health department is currently vaccinating those who are eligible. The county has listed the phone numbers and websites of hospitals in the area that people may call to inquire about the vaccine on its website.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY: The county health department has set up a website for COVID-19 and vaccine information. Within the site, there is a link for vaccine registration and notification. 

St. Clair County health officials are strongly encouraging those without an email or regular internet access to work with a relative or close friend to receive notifications on their behalf to go through the process.

“We believe this is the best and quickest way for them to get notified to set an appointment,” a spokesperson said in a statement. 

The county has established a COVID-19 call center to assist people with vaccine-related questions and issues. The numbers are 618-825-4447 and 618-509-6010. The call center accepts calls from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

It will also post updates on its Facebook page.

WASHINGTON COUNTY: The health department has started a waiting list, which has about 3,000 names on it, according to its Facebook page. The county said it will "continue to work through our list of names that have been collected prior to Jan 13.  This list has been compiled and individuals will be contacted based on the birthdate (oldest to youngest) as vaccine is available." Supply remains limited.

This story will be updated as more municipalities share their plans and processes on vaccine distribution.