For Immediate Release
Health Department administers 2,011 vaccines in two-day clinic
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department administered 2,011 vaccines during a two-day clinic to protect the public against a possible Hepatitis A exposure.
On Tuesday (May 20), health department officials learned of an individual who had tested positive for Hepatitis A. After learning that individual was a food service worker at the local Red Robin restaurant, department leadership decided to alert the public out of an abundance of caution.
The department organized no-cost vaccination clinics Thursday and Friday, where 2,011 vaccines were given.
No-cost clinics will continue over the Memorial Day weekend through CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield.
Mercy's vaccines will be available from noon to 4 p.m. May 24-26 at the Smith Glynn Callaway building's urgent care at 3231 S. National Ave.
Cox's vaccines will also be available from noon to 4 p.m. May 24-26 at the Turner Center's urgent care at 1000 E. Primrose.
Starting Tuesday, individuals who still need vaccine can visit the Health Department’s Westside Public Health Center at 660 S. Scenic Ave. from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Our hotline will go offline Friday night at 5 p.m.
The Health Department would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all our partners who made this response such a successful effort:
- Red Robin staff and management alerted us to the issue and were cooperative from the outset.
- FedEx went above and beyond to get vaccine shipped.
- Cox Health and Mercy quickly stepped to the plate to help the community address this issue.
- Volunteers with the Office of Emergency Management answered more than 1,000 hotline calls from the public.
- Ridgecrest Baptist Church’s Remington's Entertainment complex offered a location and staff support for our Thursday and Friday clinics.
- The American Red Cross provided refreshments for patients and staff.
- Our media partners got the word out quickly, letting the public know about the situation and getting them to the right places.
- And most of all, we would like to thank the public, who were understanding and patient while our response came together.
For more information contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, O: (417) 874-1205 | C: (417) 840-9768