COVID-19 Vaccine Information
All Missourians age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please read on for important information about getting vaccinated:
Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy now offering vaccines:
After many successful vaccination clinics, Ozarks Healthcare is currently offering the Moderna, Pfizer/Comirnaty, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines. Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and by appointment on other weekdays at the Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy in West Plains. Please call 417-256-1793 to schedule an appointment.
For more locations offering vaccines, visit vaccinefinder.org.
Attention Missourians with limited access to the internet and online resources:
Please call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411 for registration assistance. Language translation and other services are available to callers.
For those in need of transportation:
Missouri has launched a new statewide transportation resource to help eliminate barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access. The “Get a Ride” program helps Missourians access free transportations in their local community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Find local transportation options at: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/ride/.
Third dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals:
Moderately to severely immunocompromised people with certain medical conditions may receive a third dose of a Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Missouri will use a self-attestation model that is in line with federal guidelines, so individuals will not be required to provide documentation of their health status. Medical conditions and treatments that qualify individuals include, but are not limited to:
- Solid organ transplant and taking immune suppressing medications
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Primary immunodeficiency (eg., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndromes)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response: high dose corticosteroids (ie.,≥ 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blocker or other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
Individuals who do not meet the criteria for “moderately to severely immunocompromised” do not need a third dose at this time. This guidance does not apply to those who received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses at this time. Additional information regarding this guidance can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the
If I've received the first dose, do I really need to get the second?
One dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the average person’s risk of getting the virus by about 50 percent. Clinical research shows that the 90 to 95 percent protection range against the virus won't be reached until a week or more after the second vaccine. It’s important to take advantage of the vaccine by receiving both doses within the suggested time period for the best potential immunity against COVID-19.
If I received Moderna (or Pfizer/Comirnaty) for the first vaccination, do I need to get the same brand for the second?
Yes, it is important to receive the same brand of vaccine for both doses. Clinical data exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of two Moderna and two Pfizer/Comirnaty doses, but not for doses from different manufacturers. Although they're both messenger RNA vaccinations, the actual antigen is a little bit different from one brand to the other.
Can I get the vaccine through Ozarks Healthcare if I do not live in Missouri?
Any person, regardless of residency, may be vaccinated in Missouri provided that he or she meets the requirements necessary to comply with the particular Emergency Use Authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered. A vaccinator shall determine that the person being vaccinated meets the requirements of the particular Emergency Use Authorization.
Non-Missouri residents who wish to sign up to receive their initial dose of the vaccine should call the Missouri COVID-19 Hotline at 877-435-8411.
I've lost my Vaccination Card, how can I show that I have received it?
Clinicians at the site of your vaccination will be able to access state records confirming an individual's vaccination history.
Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available?
Yes. As of April 25, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC recommend vaccination with the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine resume among people 18 years and older. However, women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare but increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). TTS is a serious condition that involves blood clots with low platelets. There are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen.