Two vaccination clinics open this week

Two vaccination clinics open this week

With the stroke of midnight Friday morning, all three vaccination phases in the state of Missouri became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Audrain County Health Department is following Governor Mike Parson’s order to make the vaccine available to all that request it in any of the three phases put in place for vaccine distribution by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The health department and the Missouri National Guard are teaming up once again to give Audrain County residents a chance to get the vaccine on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s event will be for 200 appointments at the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA in Vandalia and Friday’s event will be at the Audrain County Health Department office in Mexico.

Both Thursday and Friday’s clinics will start at 8:30 a.m. and go until 3:30 p.m.

“We are really excited to be bringing this new model of clinic to the Audrain County area,” Brace said. “This is essentially a scaled down version of the three mass vaccination clinics we have held in Mexico since January.”

In addition, any Audrain County resident requesting a Moderna vaccine at the health department can request an appointment at myachd.as.me or call 573-591-3755 to schedule an appointment. Residents have to be aged 18 or older to receive the Moderna vaccine.

The mass vaccinations are possible because the National Guard is providing what are known as Adaptable Vaccination Teams, or AVTs, to smaller counties in the state. This team consists of two vaccinators and six support personnel from the Missouri National Guard.

This team requires a lot less space to operate in so it allows area public health departments the flexibility of finding smaller venues to host the event.

“We have requested Moderna as the vaccine to be used for the clinics because that is what we use in our Monday through Thursday clinics at the health department,” Brace said. “This way, if we have extra doses left over, we will be able to more readily absorb them into our existing inventory so we won’t have any wasted doses.”

The health department teamed with the Mexico Area Family YMCA, the Missouri National Guard and nearly 20 other Audrain County entities to host a mass vaccination clinic in Mexico last week. The final tally of those receiving their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at this clinic came in at 481.

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