Thanksgiving is a time when a lot of families and friends travel to see each other, have large dinners, attend parades, watch or play sports, and celebrate together. To learn more about how to stay safe while engaging in your holiday activities, keep reading! 

This year, you can take the step to help keep your family safe form COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. According to the CDC, being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to stay healthy and celebrate the holidays safely. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for individuals 5 and older. Book your vaccination appointment with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department by visiting or by calling our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874 -1211.


The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Book your vaccination appointment by visiting or call the COVID-19 Call Center at (417) 874 1121. 

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear well-fitting masks over the nose and mouth while in public indoor settings. 
    • It is also recommended that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask while in public indoor settings in substantial to high transmission communities. 
  • Outdoor activities continue to be the safer choice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Try to avoid crowded, poor ventilated spaces. 
  • Do not attend or host a holiday gathering if you are sick or have symptoms. 
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 
  • If you are attending a holiday gathering which includes family or friends from out of state or country, consider taking additional precautions like avoiding crowded spaces or getting tested, prior to their arrival to reduce the risk of transmission. 
  • Per CDC recommendation, do not mask a child under 2 years old. 

For more information, visit the CDC website here.



Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

Use information from the following webpages to decide whether to go on holiday travel:

If you decide to travel, follow these safety measures during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Be aware of COVID-19 rates in the areas you plan to travel.
  • Use private transportation whenever possible.
  • Limit stops during travel.
  • Avoid eating in indoor restaurant spaces – your vehicle or outdoor spaces are safer
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
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