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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Vaccine not yet available for high risk groups; individuals encouraged to plan ahead

COVID-19 News

As our community awaits vaccine from the state for those considered high risk, Springfield-area healthcare partners are encouraging people to sign up for updates and start planning ahead.

The governor’s office has approved vaccinations for certain high-risk individuals beginning Monday. However, vaccine doses from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department are not yet available for these individuals.  Vaccine doses are extremely limited across the region and the health department is working actively with healthcare partners to obtain supply. The state anticipates additional vaccine from the federal government next week. However, we do not have more specific details on when that vaccine will become available in Greene County.

The Phase 1B-Tier 2 group includes:

  • Anyone 65 and older
  • Any adults with:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Weakened immune system due to organ transplant
    • Severe obesity (BMI>40)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    • Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome

We are awaiting additional guidance on next steps for vaccine, but while we do not have vaccine available for these groups at this time, individuals are encouraged to sign up for updates as they come available. Individuals interested in staying up-to-date have several options:

  • Sign up for regular email, text messages and automated phone calls at health.springfieldmo.gov/FinishStrong. There you can also sign a pledge to keep up prevention efforts.
  • Visit health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine for information on vaccine safety and availability, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Sign up for brief text message updates or automated phone calls by reaching out to our call center Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at 417-874-1211. Selection Option 2.
  • Sign up to receive our news releases by using the Notify Me tool on our website.
  • Follow our social media accounts at facebook.com/SGCHD and twitter.com/SGCHD

Please note, there is no way to sign up for a vaccine at this time. The above options allow you to stay up to date with information as it becomes available.

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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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