Stronger Together

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Individuals age 5 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:

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 vaccine administration is currently on hold for the remainder of May 2022 at Ozarks Healthcare. Vaccinations will resume to the schedule information listed below in June 2022.  

After many successful vaccination clinics, Ozarks Healthcare is currently offering the Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer/Comirnaty, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines. Vaccines are available on a walk-in basis on MOST Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy in West Plains. Please call 417-256-1793 for more information. Additional clinics for booster doses may be announced. 

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 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/.

Booster (third) doses for eligible individuals:

Those who are 12 or older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for a booster shot at least:

  • 2 months after last dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine 
  • 5 months after last dose of Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine
  • 5 months after last dose of Moderna/Spikevax vaccine

Adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine: 

  • 5 months after their initial Pfizer vaccination series

Initial and secondary doses of the Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer/Comirnaty, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines are available on a walk-in basis on MOST Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ozarks Healthcare Pharmacy located at #18 Parkway Center in West Plains. Booster doses are also available during this time frame. For more information, please call the pharmacy at 417-256-1793.

Booster (fourth) doses for eligible individuals:

The following are eligible for fourth booster shots (at least four months after last dose - third booster shot - of Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna/Spikevax vaccine):

  • 50 or older with underlying medical conditions, fully vaccinated and previously boosted against COVID-19
  • 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  1. For those 12-17, option includes Pfizer/Comirnaty
  2. For those 18 or older, options include Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna/Spikevax

COVID-19 vaccine availability for children: 

Following the acceptance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for children age 5–11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Ozarks Healthcare is now able to vaccinate children age 5 to 11 years old with an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Ozarks Healthcare will announce pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics as more information becomes available.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-19 Vaccination

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? What about booster doses? 

Yes, it is important to receive the same brand of vaccine for both doses. Clinical data exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of two Moderna/Spikevax 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.

For a third dose, mRNA vaccine products may be interchanged if the original product is not available or unknown.

Those who are 12 or older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for a booster shot at least:

  • 2 months after last dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine 
  • 5 months after last dose of Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine
  • 5 months after last dose of Moderna/Spikevax vaccine

Adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine: 

  • 5 months after their initial Pfizer vaccination series

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.

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.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another immunization?

COVID-19 and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 and other vaccines on the same day.

Do you have limited access to the internet? 

Call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-435-8411 for assistance.