COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
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What you need to know now:

  • Vaccine: The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Click here for more information, including frequently asked questions and where to access vaccine.
  • Prevention: Get vaccinated. Wear a mask and practice physical distancing if you are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose vaccine; two weeks after a one-dose vaccine)
  • Travel Guidance: If you choose to travel domestically or internationally, we strongly encourage that you get vaccinated and take increased measures to protect yourself and those around you. Before you travel, make sure to check state or local travel restrictions and do some research to learn whether COVID-19 is prominent in that area. 
  • SymptomsSymptoms to watch for are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. 
  • Exposure: If you have not been fully vaccinated and have been in close contact to a known positive case of COVID-19, you will need to self-quarantine. Self-quarantine means staying at home and away from others for 10 days from your last known contact with a positive individual. This quarantine period can be shortened to 7 days if the individual does not have symptoms, is tested after day 5 of quarantine, and receives a negative test result. More details about quarantine available at
    A close contact is defined as someone who comes within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for at least 15 cumulative minutes. A close contact also includes someone who has physically come in contact with a person who has tested positive, regardless of the amount of time. 
  • Testing: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to be tested, you should contact your healthcare provider via virtual care or phone. Visit for more information and other testing options.

What you can do:

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Get vaccinated.

The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Click here for more information, including frequently asked questions and where to access vaccine.

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Wash your hands.

Handwashing is another excellent tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available. Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces often.

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Wear a mask (if not vaccinated). 

Face masks, when worn properly, may help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are not a substitute for proper physical distancing. 

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Additional Resources:

  1. Health Department partners with Fire Department to expand COVID-19 testing

    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with the Springfield Fire Department to expand COVID-19 testing opportunities. Read on...
  2. Katie Towns named Springfield-Greene County Health Director

    City Manager Jason Gage has formally selected Katie Towns as director of health for Springfield-Greene County. Towns has served as operational lead in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic locally, and has provided regional consultation and coordination. Read on...
  3. Public vaccination opportunities: Week of July 26-August 1

    On Wednesday, July 21, Springfield hospitals reported an all-time high of 265 hospitalizations from COVID-19. As of Thursday morning, 263 individuals were being treated for COVID-19 and 103 were in critical care. Read on...
  4. Higher education leaders encourage vaccination as COVID-19 cases increase among young adults

    As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in our community, higher education leaders encourage younger adults to get vaccinated before the start of the new school year. Read on...
  5. Local health departments expand interactive map of COVID-19 vaccine opportunities to the region

    To help individuals in our community find a COVID-19 vaccine near them, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other local public health agencies have expanded the Find a Vaccine map to cover all southwest Missouri. Read on...
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