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March 7th, 2021

THIS NEWSLETTER CONTAINS IMPORTANT UPDATES ON COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION AND AVAILABILITY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND SHARE IT IN YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK. THE COVID-19 VACCINE SITUATION CHANGES DAILY




St. Charles County Government is hosting a virtual town hall at 12 p.m., Friday, March 12, to answer YOUR questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts in the county. The discussion will feature County Executive Steve Ehlmann, Director of Public Health Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, and Director of Administration Joann Leykam, with moderator Vic Faust, FOX 2 anchor. The public is invited to submit questions to publicinfo@sccmo.org through Friday, March 5.

The town hall will air live on the County and Public Health Facebook Pages - https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesCountyMo and https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesCountyPublicHealth , the SCCMO-TV YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClZsKsIKtPJkYwn1BtJgAFA , and the County website. A recording will be available, as well as a summary of the questions and answers from the discussion online. Learn more at https://www.sccmo.org/2167/COVID-19-Town-Hall


“CROWD-SOURCED” VACCINE INFORMATION

With limited vaccines available through state distribution, and less-than- optimal distribution based on local populations, some vaccine opportunities can be identified both within and outside (sometimes far outside) St. Charles County through creative internet searching and tapping into social media. This depends frequently on being in the right place (website) at the right time, as when new appointments open, they are snapped up very quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes.

  • Walgreens, and Walmart are having intermittent vaccine availability across the state, and provide search options on their websites, after you have created an account with them.

  • Hy-Vee in central MO has conducted clinics, and locations can be identified at https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine

  • “Medicine Shoppe” franchises have had availability, and can be identified by Googling “Medicine Shoppe” and a town name, and then going the store’s website or making a phone call.

  • Vaccine Spotter - https://www.vaccinespotter.org/MO/ is a search tool highlighting vaccine opportunities across the state.

  • Find the Face Book pages of surrounding county Health Departments, ”like” them and follow them – if they are having vaccination events and expect to have left-over vaccines, they have used Face Book to make a last-minute announcement.

  • Twitter – if you are an agile Twitter-user.

  • Face Book help groups: for those demographic groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID19, and those that are confronting challenges - Socioeconomic, Geographical/transportation-based, Language-based, Technology-based, Disability/accessibility-based, schedule coinciding with appointment times, no time to look for appointments, post vaccine recuperation time – financial burden if can’t go to work. If any of these apply to you, contact The Missouri Vaccine Equity Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/142158124434444/

  • For those who need or prefer to schedule by phone:

St. Louis Public Radio has a hotline to help with scheduling an appointment for vaccination. Call 314-516-6430 and select your geographic area (STL City, STL County, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin, Warren, Metro East, & Polk). They will give you numbers to call to schedule a vaccine appointment in your area.


MISSOURI COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES All roads for state-sponsored mass vaccine events now lead to the Missouri Vaccine Navigator, to get in line based on your eligibility. In the past week, the state has begun notifying people who have registered, about vaccination opportunities across the state – information you receive does not appear to be tied to your actual regional location.

VACCINE NAVIGATOR Sign up here: MO Vaccine Navigator or call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 for assistance in connecting with additional avenues in which to receive a vaccine.

MISSOURI MASS VACCINATION EVENTS MAP This map shows Missouri by region, with vaccinators identified, and scheduled mass events where available. Click here for the map: MO Mass Vaccination Events . This event listing became less useful in the past 2 weeks, because the event links began re-routing users back to the navigator, rather than allowing sign-up for events. This effectively cuts down the ability to proactively cross county/regional lines to participate in events outside your home area.

ST CHARLES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH For questions about COVID-19 or assistance with registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Information Hotline at 636-949-1899, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon-Fri. Whatever phase you are in, you can sign up NOW to be placed in a virtual queue. The registration survey is accessible in a red box marked “Register for COVID-19 Vaccine” following this link: https://www.sccmo.org/2162/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information We urge you to also sign up through your health care provider’s hospital affiliation (such as SSM, Mercy or BJC) and create a MyChart account, so that you can receive a vaccination in the timeliest manner. Currently, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is authorized by the State to administer COVID-19 vaccine to: Phase 1A Phase 1B - Tier 1 Phase 1B - Tier 2



Hospitals are not adhering strictly to the state phase guidelines, and may still be in earlier phases/tiers due to lack of vaccine supply. Area hospitals which also have sign-up sites for vaccines are:

BJC: https://www.bjc.org/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Vaccines

Mercy: https://www.mercy.net/forms/vaccinations/

SSM: https://mychart.ssmhc.com/mychart/

St. Lukes: https://lukesvaccine.com/


When your phase is reached and enough vaccine has been allocated to the DPH, you will receive an email or automated voice message telling you that you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

Please check your email (inbox and spam folders) and phone messages daily for notification. It is important for you to understand that appointment time slots are limited. Respond quickly. The message will include information about the appointment, the vaccine administered, and how to contact the DPH if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.


FRUSTRATED? CALL GOV MIKE PARSON - (573) 751-3222

ONCE MORE FOR THE FOLKS IN THE BACK:


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS INFORMATION


From the St. Charles Co Election Authority – April 6, 2021 General Municipal Election Candidates and Issues - FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY:


https://www.sccmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/16554/April-2021-Candidates-and-Issues-1-28-2021?bidId=


Absentee Voting in the April 6 General Municipal Election is ongoing NOW

St. Charles County Election Authority

397 Turner Blvd., St. Peters, MO 63376

8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, through April 5

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3


Last Day to Register to Vote in the April 6 General Municipal Election is Wednesday, March 10

Questions about the registration/election process? Call the Election Authority Office at 636-949-7550.

Questions about issues or candidates? Call the St. Charles Co Democrats at 636-896-5813.



Building the Movement: Texting with the St. Charles Co Democrats


Wondering how to make a difference? Help us mobilize strong democrats in St. Charles County to reach out to their representatives and take a stand against the harmful legislation flying through this session.

We'll start with a short introduction by the Democratic Legislative Network then on to Hustle, an app that makes texting simple and anonymous. During our first event, we sent over 1400 texts in about 20 minutes! Get involved and help hold our legislators accountable. Join us!

Time: Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89533736428?pwd=L0tvMlhBT3FDNWE4USt5VUUya2hDQT09&fbclid=IwAR3p4rnvrRMmhvWxIlddPQLm-t4MXDEnUsIlMkjEQpKISEELtB24kg1xHv4#success





Action items from the Missouri House Democratic Legislative Network (DLN):


1. Prop B passed in 2018 with 62.3% of the vote, raising the minimum wage in MO. HB 726 seeks to cut the minimum wage back to the 2006 standard that Missourians have already said wasn’t enough. Call Representatives Nick Schroer 573-751-1470, Danny Busick 573-751-3647, Allen Andrews 573-751-9465, Mitch Boggs 573-751-4077, Chris Brown 573-751-9458, Bill Falkner 573-751-9755, Jim Murphy 573-751-3719, Chris Sander 573-751-9766, Bruce Sassman 573-751-1344, Adam Schwadron 573-751-1452, Brian Seitz 573-751-1309, and Travis Smith 573-751-2042 and tell them to vote NO on HB 726. Stand with MO workers, and tell these reps to vote NO.


2. Call your Representative and ask them to support HB 1083. Missourians who filed for unemployment in good faith should not be punished for a state error. You can find your representative here: Find Your Rep


3. And while you’re on the phone with your Rep, tell them to vote NO on changes to the Initiative petition process. There are a dozen bills that will drastically erode citizens ability to take part in and influence their democracy. See bills HJR5, HJR2, HJR9, HJR15, HJR14, HB333, HJR20, HJR25, HJR26, HJR27, HB566, and HJR22 here: Bills


Want to follow important bills and receive updates? Sign up for email updates here:

https://fastdemocracy.com/shared-bills/?sharing-bill-list-id=FBeua9T5ubnD&emci=b74e380c-9d62-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&emdi=71a3920b-a162-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974


Join in on the DLN Monthly training, “So, you wanna Run for Office?” on Sat Mar 20th, 10:30-11:30am. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocOmopzMpH9RECIjzD2hWSZtiK-Wbw1kM?emci=9538a6bd-f55c-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=28f48ded-075d-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974


Learn more about the Democratic Legislative Network by emailing your interest to win@mohousedems.com and/or by signing up for their newsletter here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnsvO7yjNiSHG0KrvmprCDHfH8chNGJVjZBWe3GxGnj4CXXA/viewform?emci=6c2a5c19-5151-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=108d121a-5551-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974



Want to know when hearings on bills in Jeff City are scheduled, including details and links for the live feeds?

Link to the Jeff City Hearing schedule https://house.mo.gov/AllHearings.aspx



MEANWHILE: LET'S KEEP HAMMERING THE DEMAND TO REMOVE HAWLEY AND HILL!


Call Governor Parson: and urge him to remove Senator Hawley from office. Call: (573) 751-3222


Call Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Rob Vescovo: ask him to remove Rep. Justin Hill from office immediately. Call: 573-751-3607 Email: Rob.Vescovo@house.mo.gov


Call Sen. Josh Hawley: (202) 224-6154


Call State Rep. Justin Hill: (573) 751-3572


Sign this petition calling for the resignation of Sen. Hawley for his role in the incitement of insurrectionists against the United States: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/josh-hawley-resign?emci=8a6665f0-d951-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=be91f1de-0952-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974

What Else is Going On in St. Charles County?


Tue Mar 9 – Texting with STC Dems

Virtual Event hosted by the St Charles Co Democratic Central Committee

Wondering how to make a difference? Help us mobilize strong democrats in St. Charles County to reach out to their representatives and take a stand against the harmful legislation flying through this session.

We'll start with a short introduction by the Democratic Legislative Network then on to Hustle, an app that makes texting simple and anonymous. During our first event, we sent over 1400 texts in about 20 minutes! Get involved and help hold our legislators accountable. Join us!

Time: Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89533736428?pwd=L0tvMlhBT3FDNWE4USt5VUUya2hDQT09&fbclid=IwAR3p4rnvrRMmhvWxIlddPQLm-t4MXDEnUsIlMkjEQpKISEELtB24kg1xHv4#success

Click “going” on the Face Book event to get a reminder:

https://www.facebook.com/events/208459080966194/


Wed Mar 10 – Last day to register to vote in the St. Charles Co April 6 General Municipal Election

St. Charles County Election Authority

397 Turner Blvd., St. Peters, MO 63376

Election Authority Website: https://www.sccmo.org/410/Election-Authority

636-949-7550


Wed Mar 10 – Scheduling Meetings with Your MO Legislator – 6-7 p.m.

Virtual event hosted by PROMO

With over 1,000 bills filed in the Missouri Legislature so far, elected officials rely on the community and constituents to learn what issues are most important Missourians whom they represent and how they impact us. Join the PROMO team to learn more about using the strategy of in-district meetings to build relationships with your State Representative and Senator, share your experiences and priorities, and advocate for LGBTQ Missourians.

Register here: https://secure.everyaction.com/GU42kbiLLkmlp2T_bMMd6Q2


Wed Mar 10 - A “Reely” Fun Night for a Cause! – 7 p.m.

Virtual event hosted by Indivisible We Will Persist

Enter an original video, (or one captured from the internet) of 15 seconds or less, or make a donation for a chance to win a $10 Panera gift card. Submission of a video is NOT required to join in the fun. All paid attendees have a chance to win a $10 Panera gift card. Cost to attend is $10 which supports Indivisible We Will Persist’s efforts to expand the vote! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION was NOON, MARCH 6, but you can still join the fun. Enter here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblewwp668323979


Fri Mar 12 – MO Bingo with the St. Charles Co Democrats – St. Pat’s Theme! – 7 p.m.

Virtual event hosted by the St. Charles County Democrats

With Special Guest Judge Seamus Patrick O’Bama!

Join us at 7PM on Mar 12th for a special St. Patrick's Day-themed night of Bingo!

You chip in $10 (or more!) and we'll supply the camaraderie, a reusable virtual Bingo card, and prizes that support St. Charles County restaurants and merchants (or generic gift cards for players from outside the area)! Time is limited so you must sign up by Thursday, Mar 11th at 5PM! Limit one Bingo card per email address.

Tickets available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bingo-3-12

Click “GOING” on the Face Book event to get a reminder: https://fb.me/e/4lA0Wx66u

Can’t make it this week? To join us for Spring Blow-Out Bingo, sign up here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bingo-3-26


Sat Mar 20 - “So, you wanna Run for Office?” – DLN Training – 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Virtual event hosted by the Democratic Legislative Network

Monthly activism training. We will have some of our elected officials on to talk about what running for office is like, and what you will want to be prepared for. If you are not planning on running, that’s okay! We will also be talking about CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT and how YOU can help us find a candidate for every house district. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocOmopzMpH9RECIjzD2hWSZtiK-Wbw1kM?emci=9538a6bd-f55c-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&emdi=28f48ded-075d-eb11-a607-00155d43c992&ceid=15867974


Wed Mar 24 – FastDemocracy Training – 7 p.m.

Virtual event hosted by St. Charles Co Progressive Democrats

With program creator Anatolij Gelimson

FastDemocracy was built in the belief that everybody deserves to know what their governments are doing. That's why we provide basic bill tracking for free. This user-friendly tool is for politically interested individuals who want to look up legislation, get summaries, follow the progress of bills, and understand who to contact for answers to their questions. This is an important resource tool used by the Democratic Legislative Network in helping citizens understand their government and engage with their legislators. Join via zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83232075334?pwd=MG1Bc29JUzBLOHQrOHA3cWFEcHRrZz09

Meeting ID: 832 3207 5334

Passcode: 737701

Click “going” on the Face Book event to get a reminder: https://www.facebook.com/events/302003637954061


WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?


Take Back Missouri, supported by our friend Elad Gross, is a hub of resources for activism to remove our state from the hands of big donors, and give it back to We the People. Take Back Missouri has 3 main focus areas: 1. SUPPORT the strengthening of currently-existing organizations through outreach, fundraising, organizing and education 2. DEFENDING Missouri’s values 3. ENGAGING Missourians of all backgrounds. Learn more at https://www.takebackmo.org/ and contact Elad@TakeBackMO.org

From Indivisible: We have officially launched our new Indivisible Guide!

If you’re reading this, you’re part of that movement. Maybe you formed an Indivisible group. Maybe you showed up at a town hall, or a protest, or a congressional office. Maybe you knocked doors, raised money, or ran for office yourself. Whatever you did, you’re a part of history. Together, we’ve defeated Trump. Now, it’s time for us to defeat the forces that allowed him to rise—and that continue to threaten our democracy. Now, we have a short window to save our democracy. Getting it done depends on all of us, and this new Indivisible guide provides a blueprint. Get it here: https://indivisible.org/democracy-guide

AND THIS ISSUE STILL NEEDS OUR ATTENTION

Missouri's COVID-19 voting provisions expired on Dec. 31, 2020. This law allowed voters over 65 and those with certain chronic health conditions - such as diabetes or lung disease - to vote absentee, and allowed Missouri voters to cast ballots by mail. With upcoming municipal elections in early 2021, please join the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition's campaign to urge Missouri Governor Mike Parson to use his emergency authority to extend Missouri's COVID-19 safe voting provisions so that all Missourians can vote safely. LWV of Missouri and Metro St. Louis have signed on as signatories to the letter. Take Individual Action now by signing the petition to Governor Parson at: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-gov-parson-to-extend-covid-voting-provisions?source=direct_link&




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