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Four County Area Vaccination Rate Well Below State Average

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim -- and potentially eroding -- confidence in what could be humanity’s best chance to defeat the virus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)


The four county area of Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess and DeKalb Counties is lagging behind the state average when it comes to starting and completing the COVID-19 vaccination process.

According to information from the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services nearly two-and a-half-million Missourians, or 40.6-percent of the population, have at least started the vaccination process. Just over two million Missourians, or 33.6-percent, have completed the process.

Statewide the numbers are even higher for those 18 and older. Among the adult population 51-percent of Missourians have begun the vaccination process with nearly 43-percent finished with the process.

Locally the numbers are not as high. Clinton County has the highest vaccination rate with 30.5-percent of the population having started the vaccination process and 24.3-percent fully vaccinated. Caldwell County shows 25.9-percent of citizens having started vaccination with 19.1-percent finished with the process.

Daviess County has 21.4-percent having started the vaccination process but only 19.1-percent fully vaccinated. DeKalb County has the lowest vaccination rate of the four county area with just 198.6-percent of citizens starting the vaccination with only 17.6-percent fully vaccinated.

View the statewide and county by county numbers here.

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