The COVID 19 Vaccination Program is underway across the Lake area and the Show Me State.

Now the state is preparing for the next round of vaccines, after all of the front-line healthcare workers finish getting their shots.

The next round of vaccinations is expected to include seniors and essential workers.

The CDC says that would be people 75 years and older and essential workers such as first responders, including police, firefighters and teachers.

After that, the CDC has recommended those 65 to 74 and those with underlying health conditions.

Health care providers are expected to use online patient portals to connect with patients and coordinate the vaccinations.

The secure portal gives a person, 24 our access to the health information online.

Pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS say that they’re expecting the vaccine to be available this spring for most citizens, and it’s expected you could make an appointment at the pharmacy to get the vaccination.

Officials with Lake Regional say most of their staff have been vaccinated.

Administrators with the four area county health departments are also still providing the vaccinations for those in the 1-A category, but you must make an appoint to get the vaccine.

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