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As the community nears 50% of all eligible people being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is encouraging those who have initiated, but not completed their vaccination to get their second shot today. Currently, 49.62% of Greene County individuals ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated. A total of 54.8% are partially vaccinated, including more than 11,000 people who are overdue for their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine found the Pfizer vaccine is around 35.5% effective at preventing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant after one shot and 88% effective after two shots.
Greene County is lagging the nation in overall vaccination rates, where 64% are fully vaccinated and 76.5% have received at least one dose. In Missouri, just over 55% have completed and 62.3% have initiated vaccine.
“In order for Greene County residents to be prepared for the next surge in COVID-19 cases, we must increase our vaccination rates,” said Chief Medical Officer of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Dr. Nancy Yoon. “Vaccines continue to show significant effectiveness at reducing serious illness, hospitalizations and death due to COVID-19.”
Members of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will soon begin outreach to individuals identified as being overdue for their second shot to provide them with information and an opportunity to schedule an appointment. But there’s no need to wait for a phone call. Free vaccines are offered throughout the community daily. Both walk-ins and appointments are available. Visit vaccine417.com for an opportunity near you or call 417-874-1211. Private appointments are also available by calling this number.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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