To meet the increase in demand for vaccine prompted by the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech booster shot and the pending approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children 5-11 years old, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is opening a mass vaccination site.
The Health Department expects, based on data available from the initial vaccine rollout, that more than 94,000 individuals are already eligible for a Pfizer/BioNTech booster dose. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who meet the follow criteria and received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are eligible to receive booster shot at least six months after their second dose was administered:
• people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
• people aged 18–64 years with underlying medical conditions
• people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (e.g., frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders)
The list of medical conditions categorized as high-risk by the CDC is available here.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is meeting later this month to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in children 5-11. Once authorization is issued, an additional 23,000 Greene County children will be eligible to be vaccinated.
The Health Department Vaccination Clinic will open Monday, October 11 at 1425 E Battlefield Road and offer COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 am to 4 pm. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Any dose, including third doses for those who are immunocompromised and Pfizer/BioNTech booster shots, will be offered.
More information and a list of vaccination opportunities at vaccine417.com or by calling the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211. Both walk-ins and appointments are available, and scheduling for appointments at the mass vaccination site will be available later this week. 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].
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