The Cole County Community Central Vaccination Site is prepared to offer 4,000 COVID-19 vaccinations per week.
Beginning Monday, the site, located on the south side of Capital Mall, 3600 Country Club Drive, will be open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has assured the county that it will receive 4,000 doses per week, said Kristi Campbell, director of the Cole County Health Department.
Next week, the site is to receive 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses — the second dose should be scheduled three weeks after the first dose, Campbell said during the county's weekly COVID-19 briefing. The vaccine is appropriate for anyone 16 and older.
The new site serves all 13 counties in the Central Missouri region. It is a collaborative partnership between Cole County, Capital Region Medical Center, Community Health Center of Central Missouri, Jefferson City Medical Group, St. Mary's Hospital and the Missouri National Guard. The county has the site for four months.
To make an appointment, visit the Missouri Vaccine Navigator online at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator. If internet access is not available, call 1-877-435-8411 to register and schedule an appointment.
"For the first few days, (vaccinations) will be by appointment only," Campbell said. "But we hope to open up some walk-in hours very soon."
More information about COVID-19 vaccinations is available on the Cole County Health Department website at www.colehealth.org.
Randall Haight, CRMC vice president of medical affairs, said area vaccination clinics have had some difficulty filling up. There remain openings for Saturday's CRMC COVID-19 clinic at the mall, he said.
The clinic is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. To register for the clinic, which will use the Pfizer vaccine, call 573-632-5152 and press 1. A second-dose clinic will be May 1. Visit the CRMC Facebook page for more information.
"We're urging everyone to get signed up," Haight said.
There are ways for people who are home-bound to receive the vaccinations, said Crystal Sullivan, chief clinical officer of the health center.
Adults who need assistance of another person or the use of medical equipment, such as crutches, a walker or a wheelchair to leave their homes or whose medical provider believes their health could get worse if they leave their home, should contact Aging Best (the local Agency on Aging) by calling 1-800-369-5211.
"They can help provide those individuals with assistance with vaccine registration. They can provide transportation resources," Sullivan said. "And they can also work with the health department to get you set up for a vaccination in your home, if you qualify based on those criteria."
As of today, all Missouri residents are eligible for a vaccine. The vaccinations are free.