Virus Outbreak Missouri Churches

FILE - In this July 12, 2021 file photo, Dennis Shaffer receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from Jordan Valley Community Health RN Michelle Butcher at a vaccination clinic hosted by James River Church West Campus in conjunction with Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Mo. Across Missouri, hundreds of pastors, priests and other church leaders are reaching out to urge vaccinations in a state under siege from the delta variant. Health experts say the spread is due largely to low vaccination rates — Missouri lags about 10 percentage points behind the national average for people who have initiated shots.