Published on January 13, 2022

Ozarks Healthcare shares mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Following New Booster and Third Dose Recommendations

Following the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ updates after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) enforcement of updated recommendations for additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, Ozarks Healthcare is encouraging community members to make sure their vaccination status is aligned with these updates. Updated recommendations include:

  • A shortened interval between completion of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot to five months (previously six months)
  • A shortened interval between completion of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot to five months (previously six months)
  • A third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 for individuals age five to eleven years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised 28 days after their second dose
  • A booster dose for adolescents age 12 to 17 years old five months after their initial Pfizer vaccination series

“We believe the most recent updates in vaccination recommendations we have will help protect our community even more as we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in our region,” Katie Mahan, Director of Ozarks Healthcare’s Pharmacy, said. “Vaccination and boosters are the best form of protection against COVID-19 that we have right now.” 

COVID-19 vaccines are available for those age five and older on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy, located at 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd., #18 Parkway Center in West Plains. Please call 417-256-1793 for more information.

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Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

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