The federal government’s decision to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to of several serious blood clots s following a vaccination is affecting some vaccination appointments in the region. The Scott County Health Department had scheduled a J&J vaccine clinic for today. Officials encouraged those who had an appointment to call (573) 471-4044 to discuss options. Residents who were scheduled to receive a J&J vaccine dose should contact their health care provider to determine an alternative. Cape Girardeau County averaged about 1.6 new cases per day over the past two weeks — 23 in the 14-day period. The tremendous slowdown in new cases has kept the county’s total below 10,000 (9,390 as of Monday). According to the public health center, there were only eight active cases in the county Monday. The virus has killed 133 county residents, but none since early March. The county’s 14-day testing positivity rate was 3.2% as of Monday.
COVID-19 vaccine percentage for Missouri county populations in the area as of Tuesday were:
Bollinger: 20.8% initiated vaccine regimen; 14.9% completed vaccine regimen
Scott: 28.9% initiated vaccine regimen; 23% completed vaccine regimen