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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:

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 from 10 a.m. until 4 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. 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 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/.

Booster (third) doses for eligible individuals:

As of November 21, 2021, Missouri has expanded  eligibility for COVID-19 booster vaccines to all fully vaccinated adults. Those who are 18 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 
- 6 months after last dose of Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccines 

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

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 the

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 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. Individuals getting a third dose should wait at least 28 days between their second and third doses.

Individuals receiving a booster dose should wait at least 6 months after their initial series of Pfizer or Moderna, or wait 2 months after their initial dose of Johnson & Johnson. Booster doses may be mixed and matched in eligible individuals after the completion of a primary 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.

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.

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.