The City of Joplin Health Department reminds citizens that there will be community vaccination clinics available in the near future. Friday, January 29 clinic is full, and the public should watch for future announcements about other clinics available to them. The vaccines are for individuals who fall in the current priority phases of Phase 1A, Phase 1B – Tier 1, or Phase 1 B - Tier 2, as established by Missouri’s Vaccination Plan.
“We understand people are looking for opportunities to receive their vaccine,” said Ryan Talken, Director of the Joplin Health Department. “Friday is just the first of many clinics that we anticipate offering, as the vaccine supply becomes available to us. We are working with our area health partners and there will be clinic opportunities in an indoor setting as more vaccine is shipped to us. Our goal is to get everyone vaccinated that would like to receive it, but this will take some time and patience as we wait for vaccine supply shipments.”
Friday’s clinic will serve those people who have an appointment for the drive-through clinic. Individuals who come to the clinic and do not have an appointment will be turned away.
Vaccination clinics will use appointments to ensure efficiency with limited vaccine resources. The City has established a registration process via website scheduling software on the City’s website at www.joplinmo.org/coronavirus . For those without computer access, please call 417-623-4973. When clinics are announced, the phone lines will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In the near future, additional vaccination clinics will be offered for the public to register to receive vaccine. As these clinics are scheduled, the City will announce the dates through the local news media and City’s website and social media sites. These indoor clinics will continue to be offered as vaccine supply is available. Because of the limited inventory, clinics may not be offered in a pattern, but when supply and resources are available.
The public is encouraged to watch for these announcements and schedule their appointment as appropriate. In the meantime, health officials encourage everyone to review the vaccination plan and categories at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority .