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Posted on: December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020 -- Healthcare partners urge community to take Finish Strong pledge

COVID-19 News

As our community enters this final stage of our response to COVID-19, local healthcare partners urge everyone to Finish Strong by staying vigilant and pledging to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

You can take the Finish Strong pledge by visiting health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine. There you can see the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, take the Finish Strong pledge and sign up for news and updates around the vaccine. 

CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department launched the Finish Strong pledge today at a media briefing on the latest information we know about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can see archived video of that briefing at Cityview.springfieldmo.gov

Infectious disease experts Dr. Robin Trotman with CoxHealth and Dr. Will Sistrunk with Mercy Springfield, along with Director of Health Clay Goddard expressed how exciting and encouraging it is to have a safe and effective vaccine just around the corner. 

Dr. Trotman spoke extensively about his confidence on the safety of the vaccine after trials that included thousands of people and results that were scrutinized by numerous outside experts to ensure proper oversight and transparency. 

“I think now is the time when we know enough,” Trotman said. “We know enough safety data. We know enough efficacy data, and we have a trajectory for this disease that’s not good. COVID-19 isn’t going to go away without a massive intervention. This is going to help prevent severe disease, deaths and hospitalizations—that’s our goal.”

Dr. Sistrunk spoke about his confidence in the vaccine as well, and his hope for an end to the pandemic—but our need to remain vigilant for a little while longer. 

“We’re going to start working toward the end of this, with this vaccine. The vaccine is not the end. You still have to use our other prevention measures for a while. It’s the effort of all of us working together that’s really going to end this,” Sistrunk said.

Goddard urged hope but caution in the following weeks. 

“It’s an exciting day that is a turning point on a long, hard year, but we owe it to one another to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness, especially for those most vulnerable,” Goddard said. “A vaccine is on the way. We have entered the final leg of this marathon, but I hope you will join me in our efforts to finish strong.” 

The Finish Strong pledge asks that we: 

  • Watch our distance
  • Wash our hands often
  • Wear a mask anytime we are with people outside our own household
  • And get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. 

Vaccine distribution is and will continue to be a rapidly evolving situation. You can stay up to date by signing up for email alerts at health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine

That page will be regularly updated and includes links to verified, authoritative information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.  

You can share how you’re staying committed to keeping those around you healthy and stopping the spread of COVID-19 by using #finishstrongsgf

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].

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