Hundreds of area residents vaccinated at mass vaccine clinic in Joplin
Missouri National Guard first mass vaccine clinic in Region D.
JOPLIN, Mo. – It was a big day in Joplin as roughly a thousand area residents receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
One of them was Joplin resident Kristin Devore.
“I feel great. No different than when I first got here,” Devore told us a few minutes after receiving her first dose of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Devore works at the Children’s Haven in Joplin, and is excited to be one step closer to some form of normalcy.
“I am really glad. It is something that is really important to me, just because I haven’t been able to see my family, like my parents. I hope that I can in the near future,” says Devore.
“So far so good. We’re very pleased with the outcome,” says Joplin Health Department Director Ryan Talken.
It’s the first mass vaccine clinic in Region D since January 20th, when Governor Mike Parson announced a push for mass vaccine clinics throughout the state.
The clinic was lead by the Missouri National Guard, with assistance from the Joplin and Jasper County Health Departments.
It’s also the first vaccine clinic to be held in Joplin.
“The vaccine is hopefully the light at the end of this Covid tunnel,” says Talken.
Talken explains that vaccine supply in the state is still limited — so the health department is still awaiting their own vaccine shipment. Once the health department receives that shipment — or get’s a notification for when they will — they hope to announce smaller vaccine clinics.
“The takeaway on this is that vaccine is coming,” says Talken. “It’s a message of hope basically that we are moving to a point where we’ll be at the end of this sooner rather than later.”
The Joplin Health Department plans to send email notifications for the next vaccine clinic — which will be held by the city — once it is scheduled.
To sign up for that notification, officials recommend residents go to https://www.joplinmo.org/list.aspx, then go to News Flash and pick City News. From there, you can pick whether you want email notifications, text notifications, or both.
For residents without a computer, they can call 417-623-4973. The future clinics will be by appointment only.