Personal Physicians
David Katzman, MD & Jennifer DeLaney, MD Internal Medicine Specialists
General Outline for COVID Vaccine Distribution

As most of you are aware, St. Louis has begun Phase 1 of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to local healthcare workers. We know many of you are looking forward to when you will also be able to receive this vaccine! Our application to distribute the vaccine has been submitted, and we meet all of the requirements. We are currently awaiting word from the Missouri Department of Health on when our office will be able to receive and begin distribution of the vaccine. We will keep you posted!


Below is Missouri's rough outline of when and to whom the vaccine will be distributed within each tiered phase. This of course is subject to change pending vaccine availability and any distribution delays or government regulations. 

  • Phase 1 (December 2020 – February 2021): Approved vaccines start to go to 6 priority groups (listed in order of priority):
    1. Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care
    2. Long term care facilities, residential care and assisted living facilities
    3. Police, fire and emergency medical services
    4. Congregate care settings (including corrections and shelters)
    5. Home-based health care workers
    6. Health care workers doing non-COVID-facing care
  • Phase 2 (February – March 2021): Vaccine expected to be available for those at increased risk (listed in order of priority):
    1. Individuals with 2 or more co-morbid conditions considered high risk for COVID-19 complications ( see list of co-morbid conditions below)
    2. Early education and K-12 teachers and staff, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
    3. Adults 65+
    4. Individuals with one co-morbid condition
  • Phase 3 (Starting in April 2021): Vaccine is expected to be available to the general public.
Once we receive approval from the Missouri Department of Health, we will be in touch with our plan on how we will distribute the vaccine. At this time, we are not taking appointments nor making a wait list. All of our patients will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine per the above phased guidelines. For general COVID-19 vaccine questions, please visit:
*The following are co-morbid conditions for COVID-19 as defined by the CDC:
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
*It is unclear at this time if these following conditions will be considered co-morbid conditions as well. We will provide more details on this once we receive the vaccine.
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune-weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 but < 30)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Here's to a happier and healthier 2021!
Appointment Reminders:

*Please alert our office before coming in for your appointment if you develop any cold or cough symptoms or are feeling sick in any way that your doctor is not already aware. We will notify your doctor to determine if your appointment should be changed to a drive-up appointment.
*When you arrive for your appointment, either for an office visit or a lab draw, please call our office from your car before coming in. We'll let you know if it's ok to head in or if you need to wait just a bit. This allows us to manage traffic flow and properly sanitize rooms between patients. When you've been cleared to come in, please wait in the hall right outside our door. One of us will meet you there to take your temperature. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy! 
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11709 Old Ballas Rd. Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63141

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