Joplin Health Department to offer small vaccination clinic

Missouri Phases Feb 17 2021

JOPLIN, Mo. (Release from City of Joplin) – The City of Joplin Health Department will offer an opportunity to receive the Covid vaccination to 27 people who are in the appropriate Priority Phases.

This limited clinic is open to Missourians who are in the Priority Phases of Phase 1A and Phase 1B – Tier 1 and Phase 1B – Tier 2. (Learn more about vaccinations in Missouri here)

Phase 1A includes patient-facing healthcare workers and Phase 1B includes public safety workers and remaining health care workers who don’t interact with patients and weren’t previously able to get the vaccine.

Tier 2 of Phase 1B offers vaccine to people age 65 and older and those with illnesses that put them at higher risk of getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Those conditions include cancer, intellectual or developmental disabilities, pregnancy, kidney disease, diabetes and heart conditions. Individuals in these groups should contact their local pharmacy or health care provider to access the vaccine. For details of these phases, visit https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority/ .

Appointments will be scheduled between 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at the Joplin Health Department, 321 East 4th Street.  ALL individuals MUST have an appointment to receive a vaccine.

On Thursday, February 18, the City will open the scheduling phone line at 9 a.m. to fill the 27 appointments. Missouri citizens can register for this small vaccine clinic by calling 417-623-4973. We anticipate high call volume, so please be patient and listen to the voicemail response for instructions. It will inform callers if they should call back or whether the spots have all been filled.

“We are pleased to offer these vaccines, as limited in quantity as they are,” said Ryan Talken, Director of the Joplin Health Department. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work with the vaccine supply quantity available to us. We also remind citizens to check with their pharmacy and other health providers for available vaccination opportunities.”

Because of the limited inventory, vaccine clinics may not be offered in a pattern, but when supply and resources are available. The City will announce the dates and hours through the local news media and City website. Citizens can sign up to receive City news releases to get notifications about future clinics by using the Notify Me feature of the City’s website at https://www.joplinmo.org/list.aspx . Select the News Flash option and then City News category. When entering their contact information, they can choose to receive a text or an email when a news release is posted on the City’s website.

Talken also reminds the public that if they receive a vaccination from a provider, to please contact the other providers they may have registered for a vaccine to notify them they can be removed from their list. This will help keep a more accurate number of vaccines needed in our area.