Missouri to offer $10,000 checks for vaccinations in bid to boost lagging numbers
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Gov. Mike Parson also announced the hiring of Donald G. Kauerauf as the new state public health director, filling a post that’s been vacant since April.
Don Kauerauf, the new director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, speaks at a press conference at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is launching an incentive program to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, awarding prizes of $10,000 to 900 people who received the shot, Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday. The long-awaited announcement came on the same day the Republican governor named a new state public health director, filling a post that has been vacant since April after the departure of former health chief Dr. Randall Williams. Donald G.
“What we need now is good information. ”Later, however, he accused the Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star and Missouri Independent of spreading “propaganda. ” Parson, who didn’t cite any examples, often complains about coverage of his administration. A spokeswoman for the governor did not respond to a request for examples of news coverage with which he disagrees. The new health director, meanwhile, also said people need to find accurate sources of information about vaccinations. “Don’t look at social media,” Kauerauf said. Kauerauf replaces Williams, who had started his role in 2017 as an appointee of former Gov. Eric Greitens. Unlike Williams, Kauerauf is not a doctor.
At the same time, I’ll work to make available critical preventative programs and services to increase the health and safety of all Missourians,” he said. Williams’ tenure was marred by controversy over the muddled rollout of a medical marijuana program and his failed attempt to use his agency’s regulatory power to shut down Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic, which is Missouri’s lone abortion provider. Parson has been criticized for not issuing a statewide order for people to wear face coverings and for favoring keeping businesses open at a time when the respiratory virus was spreading through the state last year. But Kauerauf said he wouldn’t have recommended changes in the state’s approach. “Missouri has done a great job of following (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance,” he said. Although Kauerauf begins working Sept.