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December 9, 2021

What You Need To Know About The Omicron Variant

Omicron is the most recent variant of the COVID-19 virus to arrive in St. Louis County. The St. Louis County Department of Health is collaborating with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the City of St. Louis Department of Health to monitor the impact of the variant on our communities.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already, get your booster shot if it’s been six months since your last shot, and to continue masking and social distancing.

Below is more information about the Omicron variant:

What is the Omicron variant?

Like other COVID-19 variants (such as the Delta variant), Omicron is a mutation of the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first identified in November of 2021, and its presence is being monitored all over the world.

What does this mean for me?

Omicron was first detected in the St. Louis region on December 4, 2021. Scientists are working to provide more clarity on how the Omicron variant might affect us differently than past variants of the disease. One thing is sure: Vaccines continue to provide protection against the Omicron variant and all other variants of COVID-19.

What can I do to protect myself?

There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that vaccines help prevent serious illness regardless of which variant someone is infected with. Regardless of the variant, the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and get your booster as soon as you are eligible. Remember, vaccines are now available for children five years and older.

Boosters increase your protection against Omicron and other variants, and are now more accessible than ever. If you’re 6 months out from your last Pfizer or Moderna dose, or 2 months out from your J&J shot, you are eligible to get your next shot.

All vaccines remain FREE and easily accessible to all St. Louis County residents. Free rides to get your shot are available by calling (314) 615 – 2660. If you know someone who is homebound and would like to be vaccinated, please call (314) 615-7967.

Get your vaccine or booster today and protect yourself from COVID-19 variants by visiting the vaccine page.