Your conversation and decision whether or not you get the COVID-19 vaccination begins now. The vaccine is important. What’s more important is your CHOICE. When making decisions about taking a vaccine, THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

  • You have control of what happens to your body.
  • It can be hard to make decisions that feel right to you when you do not have all the information.
  • Unaddressed, unacknowledged and unhealed trauma has given rise to well-founded fears and distrust.
  • You need trusted, fact-based information to make the choices that are best for you.

What information do you need in order to make this decision? Check out all these resources from RRT and our partner, PrepareSTL.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to your questions about vaccine development, safety, effectiveness, eligibility and more


Protecting Your Health and Well-being

Vaccination is one of many ways you can protect yourself from COVID-19. Learn about how you can keep your body and your mind healthy with our interactive tool.


Resource Library

Vaccine education panel recordings and highlight clips, Health and well-being flyers; What Matters to Me Most Podcast


Thank you for joining us at the Living Well Summit!

Thanks to all of you who participated in our “Living Well Summit!” And many thanks to our presenters. We could not have done it without you! If you could not make it to a session and/or want to relive your favorite workshop, please visit PrepareSTL’s YouTube page at All the virtual sessions from Thursday opening night and Saturday afternoon are available for you to view.

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine update: Missouri and Illinois to resume use of the J&J vaccine – 4/23/21

Missouri and Illinois COVID-19 vaccinators will resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. On April 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended pausing the use of the J&J vaccine to conduct additional studies about rare, but severe, side effects experienced by a small percentage of people who received this vaccine. This pause allowed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to further investigate the reported side effects and decide that this vaccine can be distributed again.

There have been a small percentage of cases of a rare, but severe, type of blood clot in women under the age of 50. The blood clots happened within 13 days of getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The RRT is checking the information shared from the FDA and CDC to stay up-to-date as it changes.

Call your doctor if you have concerns or got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and have these symptoms within 3 weeks of getting it: Headache, Stomach pain, Leg pain, Shortness of breath (trouble breathing) 

For more information, read the CDC and FDA’s joint press release, Missouri DHSS’s Johnson & Johnson FAQ and Illinois DPH’s COVID-19 vaccine FAQ.


All adults are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois and Missouri. If you decide to get a COVID-19 vaccine, sign up at these organizations:

Illinois | 1-800-889-3931 | 

Missouri | 1-877-435-8411 |

St. Louis City | 314-612-5100 then press 1 | | Sign up for text alerts by texting STLCOVID to 888777

St. Louis County | 314-615-2660 | | email

Vaccinate STL |

BJC HealthCare | 314-273-1252 |