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Missouri Health Department Encourages Vaccines Ahead of Holiday Season

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)

State health department data shows few fully-vaccinated Missourians are catching COVID-19, and even fewer are dying from the virus.

Data from Friday and Sunday shows two percent of fully vaccinated Missourians caught the virus and only 0.2% of fully vaccinated Missourians died from coronavirus.

Department of Health and Senior Services Director Donald Kauerauf said the data shows, “vaccines are undisputedly saving lives.”

Kauerauf says with the upcoming holidays and having contact with loved ones, getting vaccinated is the way to prevent getting sick and unknowingly exposing others.

Missouri’s health department also “strongly urged” people to get a flu shot, if possible, at the same time they receive a COVID-19 booster.

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