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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Health Department to open COVID-19 vaccination site to meet the increase in demand

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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.  

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