Our pandemic advisory committee continues to monitor the state of the virus. Until the numbers go down significantly in Missouri, and we are able to see the effect of variants on our local infection rates, we have postponed planning to worship together again in our building on Sunday mornings. We are gradually opening to more in person and outdoor worship. We thank you for your patience as we work to keep everyone safe.
From our Priest Associate: GET VACCINATED
The Covid-19 pandemic has already killed 500,000 Americans, infected millions more and disrupted jobs and education across the country. There are only two ways to bring it to an end –allow 80% of the population to catch the disease and create “herd immunity” (but also have hundreds of thousands more die) or vaccinate at least 80% of us to create the same “herd immunity.”
Two highly effective and safe vaccines have been approved for use in the United States, and several more will be available soon. The scientific evidence is solid. The vaccines work. And, they’re available free-of-charge.
As both people and a community of faith, we have the responsibility to care for ourselves, as well as others. Getting vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus is an essential and tangible way we can each contribute to ending this plague.
Regardless of whether or when you receive a vaccination, remember that we’re still months away from any semblance of returning to normal. And although you may have been vaccinated, you can still be an asymptomatic spreader of the disease. So, continue to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and limit time “out of your bubble.”
The Rev. Marc Smith
Holy Communion Members’ Getting out the word:
Paul Mensah on St. Louis on the Air
Paul Mensah, a chemical engineer and vice president of the bioprocess research and development group at Pfizer lead the team responsible for developing and manufacturing the vaccine’s DNA starting material and the messenger RNA drug substance that ultimately becomes the vaccine.
Dr. Alison Nash on Fox
As part of Black History month: Parishioner Kim Hudson of our local Fox News station interviewed another parishioner Dr. Alison Nash about her family’s history as leaders in pediatrics in the St. Louis community. Dr. Nash also talked about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Dr. Nash is also presenting in the Links Inc. Webinar:
The Vaccine, to Take or Not to Take? Linking Your Decision to Facts
Vaccine information and sign up
Below are several web sites that will provide you with up-to-date information on who’s eligible for the vaccine, where it’s being distributed and how you can register for it.
This is the State of Missouri’s official Covid-19 web site which provides regular updates on the status of the virus by region, guidance to mitigate its impact, specific regulations governing public behavior during the pandemic and information on access to the vaccine.
This article provides information on the specific governmental and hospital Covid-19 web sites in metropolitan St. Louis, including the outlying counties.
This is the City of St. Louis’ official Covid-19 web site which provides regular updates on the availability of the vaccine, the locations where they’re being distributed and the process for registering for it.
This is St. Louis County’s official Covid-19 web site which provides regular updates on the availability of the vaccine, the locations where they’re being distributed and the process for registering for it.