Missouri signed a state of emergency for covid-19 back on March 13, 2020. As of January 1, 2022, the declaration was withdrawn. Governor Parson decided not to extend the state of emergency. Due to the many vaccines available today, he said the state of emergency is no longer necessary.
The first state of emergency due to covid-19 was declared by Governor Parson on March 13, 2020. It was determined the declaration was necessary since the virus was new, its effects uncertain, and the treatment not known.
Friday, December 31, 2021 marked the end of the state of emergency. Governor Parson decided to not extend it. He said,
Thanks to the effectiveness of the vaccine… and our committed health care professionals, past needs to continue the state of emergency are no longer present .
The expiration of this action means that the Missouri National Guard can no longer be activated for this virus. The Governor’s office does recommend Missourians to get the vaccine if necessary. He still leaves the decision to each thinking individual.
In Missouri, nearly 94% of residents who are 65 years old and older have received at least one dose of the covid vaccine. Additionally, over 62% of all of Missouri residents have received at least the first dose.