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COVID-19 Vaccines


BJC HealthCare and Washington University are working quickly to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to those who are eligible in accordance with federal and state guidelines. We strongly encourage the vaccine for anybody who is eligible to receive it.

The vaccine will be distributed in a series of phases developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented at a state level. Decisions about the distribution phases and timelines are made by U.S. and state public health agencies, with a goal of providing the vaccine first to those believed to be at highest risk. More information about the distribution phases can be found below.

Active Vaccination Priority Phases

Currently the active phases for Missouri and Illinois are:

Learn more about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

Should cancer patients get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Based on the opinions of physicians other experts at BJC, COVID-19 vaccines are generally recommended for cancer patients who have completed their treatment. However, specific types of cancer treatment might affect when patients should receive the vaccine. This Q&A article provides essential information for cancer patients, survivors and their families to consider before getting the vaccine.

Sign up your family members, friends and neighbors for the COVID-19 vaccine

It’s easier than you might think to help a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Three COVID-19 vaccines provide effective protection against serious illness

Washington University infectious disease physician says the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is just as safe and effective as those from Pfizer and Moderna.

Diabetes and the COVID-19 Vaccine: What you need to know

Clay Semenkovich, MD, chief of the division of endocrinology, metabolism and lipid research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and Moyosore Onifade, MD, an internist at Christian Hospital, address some of these questions, including whether people with diabetes should get the vaccine.

If I have a health condition, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

If you’re pregnant or have a condition such as diabetes or heart disease, BJC HealthCare wants you to have the information you need to make the right decision about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Doctor's Message to Our Community

"There are many thoughts that surround the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines, so I would like to share mine with you." - Dr. Will Ross

What are mRNA vaccines?

Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. But, how do mRNA vaccines work?

Five things you should know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine

Our experts discuss how to pre-register for the vaccine and what to do after you receive it.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

The FDA granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) after the vaccines were shown to be safe and effective, based on data from the manufacturers and the findings from clinical trials involving some 74,000 people.

Timeline of the COVID-19 vaccine development

Each year, millions of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases are given to infants, children, adolescents and adults — and it’s critical that they are safe and effective.

COVID-19 vaccine safety, availability and delivery

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the vaccine, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions with the latest information available. The answers to these questions will continue to be updated as we know more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Missouri and Illinois

After nine months of a devastating pandemic, there are finally encouraging developments toward controlling COVID-19.