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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Health Department partners with Park Board to hold vaccination clinics

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Departmenis partnering with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics at parks and recreation facilities. The Health Department and Park Board worked together to identify locations in areas with low rates of vaccination and where the most people could be reached. This partnership represents the Health Department’s ongoing commitment to meeting people where they are to make vaccinations more accessible.

“Promoting health and wellness for our residents is central to the Park Board’s mission,” said Parks Director Bob Belote. “We have worked hand-in-hand with the Health Department since the early days of the pandemic, and we remain committed that partnership, which has been vital to the health and safety of everyone in our facilities. We are proud to host vaccination clinics in a number of Parks locations, and we’re offering special incentives for everyone who gets their vaccine on location.”

“The Park Board has been an invaluable partner in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are pleased to extend that strong partnership to include the vaccination effort,” said Acting Director of Public Health Katie Towns. “By working with us to reach more parts of our community, the Park Board is helping save lives.”

While walk-ins are always welcome, individuals may save time by registering for clinics in advance at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator. Individuals who pre-register should bring their ID and Vaccine Navigator patient identification number with them to the event. Individuals 12-17 must have parent/guardian consent. 

 Monday, May 24 

  • Japanese Stroll Garden Pavilion at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 2400 S. Scenic Ave. from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Vaccine offered: Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+). Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden that day for everyone receiving vaccine on location.

Friday, May 28 

  • Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park – 3825 W. Farm Road 146 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Vaccine offered: Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+).

Wednesday, June 16 

  • Jordan Valley Ice Park  635 E Trafficway from 12-3 p.m. Vaccine offered: Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+). Free admission to that day’s 12:30-3:30 public ice skating session for everyone receiving vaccine on location.

Saturday, July 17 

  • Dickerson Park Zoo Pavilion 1401 W Norton Rd. from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Vaccine offered: Pfizer (ages 12+) or Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+). Free admission to the Zoo that day for everyone receiving vaccine on location.

In addition to these opportunities, the Health Department and the Park Board are scheduling clinics at all three Family Centers. More information will be released soon.

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].                           

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected]  

For media only: We are happy to announce that Aaron Schekorra will be our new Public Health Information Administrator beginning May 23, 2021. While you are always encouraged to reach out to us via our media phone and/or media address, you may also reach him at 417-512-6011 or [email protected]                  

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