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The Cole County Commission has signed documents to lease a site that will act as a permanent COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Following a closed session at its Tuesday meeting, the commission signed an agreement with Capital Region Medical Center, Community Health Center of Central Missouri, Jefferson City Medical Group and St. Mary's Hospital to staff a joint vaccination clinic.

According to the agreement signed Tuesday, the parties will provide personnel to the central vaccination site for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines from April 1 through July 30.

Cole County will pay the parties $40 per hour per person for vaccination services. Invoices will be paid monthly. The total amount shall not exceed $150,000 unless this agreement is amended to include additional amounts.

The commission then signed a short-term lease with Capital Mall for a space to set up a clinic. It is in the former Party City space, which has an exterior entrance and is right on the JeffTran bus line. The lease is for $10,000 a month. This will be paid through federal funds the county is receiving for COVID relief.

On Monday, the state activated Phase 2 of vaccinations. Those eligible in this phase include those working in libraries, chemical sector, commercial facilities, construction, critical manufacturing, defense, the banking industry, restaurants and higher education.

All adults in the state's general population will be eligible to receive the vaccine April 9.

County officials said the county wanted to be prepared to help deliver the vaccines when the entire population becomes eligible.

"We have been allocated 4,000 doses per week," said Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell. "We will plan to do 1,000 per day Monday through Thursday. We will do 4,000 per week as long as the vaccine supply is there and the demand is there. We will vaccinate anyone as long as they are eligible, and we won't screen out based on their county of residence."

Campbell said the booster mass vaccination event for those who received their initial shot March 19, will proceed as planned on April 9 at the Linc on Lafayette Street.

"We anticipate the mall site opening the week of April 12," Campbell said. We won't hold future mass events at the Linc. Also, we won't administer vaccines at the Health Department on West Truman Boulevard. We will send everyone to the new central vaccination site at the mall."

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