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Posted on: April 9, 2021

All Missourians now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine; opportunities available today

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to announce that all Missourians are now able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Today, April 9, the state activated Phase 3 of vaccine distribution extending eligibility to everybody in Missouri 16 and older.

“We encourage all individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Acting Director of Health Katie Towns. “Vaccination is the best defense we have against this virus and its variants. The sooner that individuals receive vaccine, the sooner our community can return to normal. Most importantly, the vaccines are saving lives.”

Mega Vaccine Event

Appointments for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are still available for the second and final day of the Mega Vaccine Event at Missouri State’s Hammons Student Center located at 901 S. National Ave. until 5 p.m.

The event and vaccine are free and open to Missouri residents ages 18 and up. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly encouraged. To register in advance visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator/ and for additional information about the event, visit vaccine417.com. Walk-ins are encouraged to call our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211 to inform the Health Department of your arrival so we can get you through quicker.

For help with registering or scheduling an appointment, people can call the Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211.

More than 1,700 individuals were vaccinated at the event on Thursday. View a recap video here: https://vimeo.com/534535827 

Additional Vaccine Opportunities

Additional vaccine opportunities through the Health Department and our community partners are available at health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine. New opportunities are added frequently.

How to Register for Vaccine

Individuals interested in vaccine should first complete the Missouri Vaccine Navigator registration and obtain a patient ID at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator.

Individuals can then sign up for a vaccine clinic by visiting health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine. The Missouri Vaccine Navigator patient ID will be required to register.

For help with registering or scheduling an appointment, people can call the Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211.

Stay Informed

Individuals can stay up to date on vaccine by:

  • Signing 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.
  • Visiting health.springfieldmo.gov/COVIDvaccine for information on vaccine safety and availability, as well as Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Signing 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. 
  • Signing up to receive our news releases by using the Notify Me tool on our website.
  • Following our social media accounts at facebook.com/SGCHD and twitter.com/SGCHD

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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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