Missouri Special Populations
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, in early 2020, marginalized and vulnerable populations have been especially, adversely, impacted. NASW’s Connect to End COVID-19 initiative was launched to provide equitable training and outreach that promote informed vaccine decision-making on the part of social workers and their clients, particularly among those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and/or vaccine hesitant.
NASW-MO recognizes our potential to promote vaccine confidence across the state, encourage reluctant communities to become vaccinated, and provide valuable resources for our Wisconsin neighbors. We encourage you to explore our Connect to End COVID-19 resources and find ways to encourage positive community health through vaccine promotion in our communities.
Missouri COVID-19 Rates
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has maintained the dashboard of information related to infections, hospitalizations, outbreaks, and deaths since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rates and distribution of vaccinations in Missouri by county are monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Currently Missourians can monitor the levels of Covid-19 within their communities using the Covid By County tool through the CDC, which provides local data to help guide decision-making about risk mitigation strategies in each local area.
Vaccination has not been equally or equitably distributed across Missouri. Certain populations have received vaccination at lower rates. Research suggests that vaccination-hesitancy occurs for a variety of reasons. NASW’s Connect to End Covid-19 initiative provides information, tools and training that can deepen understanding of vaccination hesitancy and help facilitate conversations about vaccination across communities in Missouri.
Communities that have been vaccinated at lower rates include:
Missouri Vaccination Landscape by Counties
This map shows the great differences of vaccination rates across Missouri by county, with some counties having under 30% of their population vaccinated all the way to some with between 60-70% of their population vaccinated.
Missouri Vaccination Rates by Race, Population, Source: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/data-reporting/health-center-covid-19-survey/mo
This chart shows the percentage of the Missouri population that is of a certain race in comparison to the percentage of the total number of people that have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the largest disparity being within the Asian and white communities.
Missouri Vaccination Rates by Race, Source: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/data-reporting/health-center-covid-19-survey/mo
This chart shows the percentage of the Missouri population that is of a certain race in comparison to the percentage of the total number of
people that have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series. Black Missourians make up half of the total number of those fully vaccinated despite being little more than 30% of the states population, while almost of half of White Missourians have not completed their COVID-19 immunization series.
These organizations currently are working to assist with special populations: