Joplin exceeds state’s average vaccination rate

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin officials held a briefing Monday to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine and cases in the city.

Officials say they have 160,000 doses of the vaccine ordered and expect everyone in the city to have the opportunity to get one by the end of May. City officials say Joplin’s vaccination rate is at 31% compared to the state average of 24% average.

They also touched on the city’s finances saying there are around $200 million in building permits being filed recently, leading to a lot of construction.

“When you are seeing local businesses have other plants all over the country maybe even all over the world,” said Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley. “Well they are getting more output from their Joplin facilities than they are getting from other places. Joplin has really shown our ability to work.”