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This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 to 15 years of age and the administration of third doses for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals.
“People who have been waiting to get vaccinated can be confident that Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine now carries the FDA’s strongest endorsement of safety and effectiveness,” said Dr. Nancy Yoon, Chief Medical Officer for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “Our hope is that this approval reassures all individuals that the vaccine is extremely safe and helps reduce the risks of severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths.”
As of Friday, 46.5% of Greene County residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated while 52.4% are partially vaccinated. On Thursday, the seven-day rolling average of new cases fell below 100 for the first time since June. Currently, the seven-day average is 80.
The Health Department is currently offering third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals. Qualified individuals may obtain a third dose at any clinic listed at vaccine417.com or by calling the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211.CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield and Jordan Valley Community Health Center are also offering third doses for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals.
Below is a list of opportunities for individuals to receive vaccine for the week of August 30 - September 5:
Monday, August 30
Tuesday, August 31
Wednesday, September 1
Thursday, September 2
Friday, September 3
These opportunities are in addition to the recurring vaccination clinics at Jordan Valley Community Health Center’s Tampa Clinic at 440 E. Tampa. Jordan Valley is offering walk-in vaccinations for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. COVID-19 vaccines are also available by appointment or walk-in through CoxHealth and Mercy Hospital Springfield.
A list of these events and additional opportunities can be found at vaccine417.com or by calling (417) 874-1211.
Although pre-registration is not required, individuals may make an appointment for a vaccine clinic at vaccine417.com.
Organizations interested in hosting a public COVID-19 vaccination clinic should contact the Health Department’s Outreach Team at [email protected] or call (417) 874-1211 for more information.
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].
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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