Looking for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone aged 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out our community calendar for dates, appointment registration links, and walk-in hours.

If you need help making an appointment, call the health department at (816) 404-6415. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can email questions to COVID19@tmcmed.org.

Request a Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

The Jackson County Health Department is partnering with city governments, community organizations, churches, schools, businesses, event organizers, and more to offer the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the community.

If your organization is interested in hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinic at your site for staff, volunteers, or community members, please fill out our request form.

Vaccine Clinic Request Form

Transportation to and from COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

If you need a ride to and from your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit the state’s ‘Get A Ride’ website to find no-cost rides through area providers.

Get A Ride

Vaccination Resources for Homebound Individuals

If you, or someone you know, are homebound and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call MARC’s vaccine registry helpline at 816-421-4980 or 1-800-593-7948. Phone lines operate Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Operators will take down your information and connect you with your local emergency medical services to schedule an in-home appointment.

Area Vaccine Providers

A growing number of area providers are administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Below you can find a list of providers and information on how to get signed up for an appointment. This list will be updated frequently.

Jackson County Health Department

Anyone aged 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out our community calendar for dates, appointment registration links, and walk-in hours.

 

Community Calendar

Federal Pharmacy Partners

Selected retail pharmacies such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Health Mart are now providing vaccines to eligible persons through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19. This program allows individuals to get vaccinated at any location regardless of residency. Learn more about the program.

 

Walmart

Sam’s Club

Health Mart

Hy-Vee

Visit Hy-Vee’s website to find an appointment and view available locations near you.

 

Hy-Vee

Price Chopper

Visit Cosentino’s website to find an appointment and view available locations near you.

 

Price Chopper

Truman Medical Centers

Call (816)404-CARE or click the button below to make an appointment.

 

Register Here

St. Luke's Health System

Saint Luke’s is now offering vaccination to individuals age 12 or older. You do not have to be a Saint Luke’s patient, or a resident of Kansas or Missouri, to receive a vaccine. Visit the link below to register for an appointment.

 

Register Here

CVS and Walgreens

Select CVS and Walgreen’s pharmacies are administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the links below to view availability and schedule an appointment.

 

CVS

Walgreens

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Become a Vaccine Provider

Interested in becoming a vaccine provider? As a private or smaller healthcare group, or as a college with a clinic, you may be eligible. See if you qualify to become a provider, and if you are eligible, complete the vaccine enrollment form through MO DHSS.

Third Doses

Who is authorized to receive a third dose?

A third dose of the PfizerNBioTech or Moderna vaccines may be administered to moderately to severely immunocompromised people due to a medical condition or combination of immunosuppressive medication or treatments including but not limited to the following:

  • Immunocompromised due to solid organ transplant and taking immune suppressing medications
  • Immunocompromised due to active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Immune compromised due to Receipt of CAR-T cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (eg., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich Syndromes)
  • Immunocompromised due to Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised due to “Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response: high dose corticosteroids (ie.,≥ 20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blocker or other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory”

Individuals who do not meet the criteria for “moderately to severely immunocompromised” do not need a third dose at this time

Announcements from federal health officials came after the analysis of studies demonstrating that immunosuppressed people are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, are at higher risk for prolonged infection, are more likely to transmit the virus, and experience lower vaccine effectiveness.

When can immunocompromised individuals begin receiving a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna?

Individuals meeting the medical condition and medication eligibility criteria (see question above) may begin receiving third doses immediately. On Aug. 12, 2021, the US Food & Drug Administration amended their Emergency Use Authorization to allow for a third Pfizer or Moderna dose. The next day, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to recommend a third dose as well. On Aug. 17, 2021, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services issued amended Health Orders for Pfizer (adultadolescents) and Moderna (adult) allowing for administration to begin in the state.

 

This announcement is unrelated to The White House’s announcement on Aug. 18, 2021, that stated the CDC intends to allow booster doses for all Americans starting in mid-September.

When can those without immunocompromising factors receive a booster dose?

The state of Missouri is awaiting federal guidance related to The White House’s announcement on Aug. 18, 2021, that stated the CDC intends to allow booster doses for all Americans starting in mid-September.

How do I prove that I am moderately to severely immunocompromised?

In line with federal guidelines, Missouri will use a self-attestation model for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Individuals will not be required to provide documentation of their health status, and they can get third doses at all venues where first and second doses are available.

Which vaccines can immunocompromised individuals receive?

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses at this time. This guidance does not apply to those who received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

What if my original vaccine type isn’t available?

If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. Individuals should wait at least 28 days between their second and third doses.

Can I receive additional doses of Johnson & Johnson?

The FDA’s recent EUA amendment only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as does CDC’s recommendation.

 

Emerging data have demonstrated that immunocompromised people who have low or no protection following two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may have an improved response after an additional dose of the same vaccine. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.

Safety

How do I know that a COVID-19 vaccine will be safe?

Millions of Americans have received a both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, with the vast majority experiencing minor, temporary side effects. As an additional layer of checks and balances, an external advisory board made up of medical and research professionals using additional public health data have reviewed final COVID-19 vaccine data and recommended the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines be made available for emergency use.

 

America’s best medical and research professionals have been working for years on coronavirus vaccines for SARS and MERS. SARS and MERS are different than COVID-19 but belong to the coronavirus family. The lessons learned through those developments are being applied today. Specifically, the effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine began more than one year ago.

 

Clinical trials are an important part of determining vaccine safety and efficacy. Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen have completed Phase 3 clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants. The purpose of clinical trials is to generate scientific data and other information for the Food and Drug Administration to review and base their recommendations on.

 

Vaccine safety monitoring systems are in place to collect side effect data. If an unexpected adverse event is seen, experts quickly study it further to assess whether it is a true safety concern. Experts then decide whether changes are needed in U.S. vaccine recommendations. This monitoring is critical to help ensure that the benefits continue to outweigh the risks for people who receive vaccines.

How did we get a vaccine for COVID-19 so fast?

Although the timeline has been accelerated, it doesn’t mean we skipped the integrity of the trial and approval processes. Scientists have had a jump on developing the COVID-19 vaccine, using their experience from previous coronavirus vaccine efforts. Another way scientists preserved safety and saved time was by working on efforts simultaneously, rather than one after another like the traditional process. For example, COVID-19 vaccines were in Phase III clinical trials at the same time they were being manufactured. When it was proven safe and effective, the manufactured vaccines were deployed. If the vaccines don’t pass the approval process, which is verified by an independent committee of health experts, the unproven vaccines won’t be used.

Can I get the vaccine if I am in quarantine due to an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case?

You should delay your vaccination if you have had a known SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) exposure until your quarantine period has ended, unless residing in a congregate setting (health care/long-term care facility, correctional facility, homeless shelter, etc.).

Should I take a pregnancy test or an antibody test before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?

Routine testing for pregnancy or antibody tests is not recommended in relation to vaccine use.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another immunization?

COVID-19 and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 and other vaccines on the same day.

Do I have to get the same vaccine for the first and second doses?

Yes, patients must receive the same vaccine for both the first and second doses of Pfizer or Moderna. Your vaccination provider will give you a vaccine card stating the manufacturer name and other critical information you will need for a second dose.

 

While vaccine supply is still very limited, it is also important to return to the same provider/location for your second dose.

Who is not recommended for the vaccine?

Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for those age 12 and older. Moderna and Janssen’s vaccines have been approved for those 18 and older.

 

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. Those who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the Janssen vaccine should not receive the Janssen vaccine. For information on vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers’ package inserts from PfizerModerna, and Janssen.

What ingredients are used in the COVID-19 vaccines?

The ingredients used in the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are simple. They contain mRNA, as well as lipids to ensure safe delivery of the mRNA that will initiate an immune response.

 

Ingredients of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine include: recombinant, replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, citric acid monohydrate, trisodium citrate dihydrate, ethanol, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), polysorbate-80, sodium chloride.

 

Although FDA approved adjuvants (aluminum salts) and preservatives (ethlymercury) have a history of safe use in vaccines, they were not used by Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen.

What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?

After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No. Every day, a healthy immune system successfully fights off thousands of germs. Antigens are parts of germs that cause the body’s immune system to go to work to build antibodies, which fight off diseases. The antigens in vaccines come from the germs themselves, but the germs are weakened or killed so they cannot cause serious illness. Even if people receive several vaccinations in one day, vaccines contain only a tiny fraction of the antigens they encounter every day in their environment. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to fight off serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

Who was represented in the clinical trials?

Pfizer’s clinical trial enrolled 44,000+ participants with 42% globally having racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Of Moderna’s 30,000 trial participants, 37% were from minority communities, including 6,000 Hispanic and 3,000 Black participants. Janssen’s trial included 43,783 participants in the United States, Latin America and South Africa. AstraZeneca’s initial trial data included participants from Brazil and the United Kingdom while the company continues to conduct trials in South Africa, Kenya, Latin America, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Do you still have to quarantine as a close contact after you receive both doses of the vaccine?

According to the CDC, people who are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine) can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

Is it safe to get my child vaccinated?

Yes. Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 12 and up. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says it is essential for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and Missouri’s chapter of the AAP encourages all families to schedule their children for the vaccine as soon as possible. Researchers continue to study COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12. While we wait for an authorized vaccine for this age group, children who are not eligible should continue to follow guidelines for masking and physical distancing. Moderna and Janssen’s vaccines have been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 18 and up.

Can I receive the vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Yes. CDC has released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people and is recommending all people 12 years of age and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”

What if I have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. Those who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the Janssen vaccine should not receive the Janssen vaccine. For information on vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers’ package inserts from PfizerModerna, and Janssen.

What about people on immunosuppressants?

According to the CDC, “Immunocompromised individuals may still receive COVID-19 vaccination if they have no contraindications to vaccination. However, they should be counseled about the unknown vaccine safety profile and effectiveness in immunocompromised populations, as well as the potential for reduced immune responses and the need to continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves against COVID-19.”

Efficacy

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine will be the first step toward our return to normalcy as a society. We need to use all of the tools in our toolbox to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Vaccines prepare your immune system so your body is ready to fight the virus if you’re exposed.

 

It will take time to provide the vaccine to everyone in the population who wants one. Additionally, some of the vaccines require two doses to be received on time for maximum effectiveness. It’s unknown whether this will be an annual vaccine, similar to the flu shot. Because of these factors, it is still recommended that we continue to practice COVID-19 mitigation measures such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, and social distancing. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following COVID-19 mitigation measures will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

How effective are the vaccines?

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have an approximate 95% efficacy rate and are highly effective in preventing severe disease. In December, the CDC published that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had a constant efficacy rate across age, sex, and ethnicity categories, as well as among individuals with underlying medical conditions and those who have been previously infected by SARS-CoV-2.

According to Moderna’s website, initial trial data was used to estimate a vaccine efficacy of 94.5%. Initial data from Moderna also shows the vaccine may provide some protection against asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.

 

Janssen’s clinical trials showed an 85% efficacy rate in preventing hospitalization and complete protection against death caused by SARS-CoV-2.

 

All authorized vaccines are highly effective. The different types of vaccines were not studied in head-to-head comparisons or trials; therefore, they should not be compared to each other.

Most people recover, why do I need to get the vaccine?

COVID-19 is a deadly disease that causes severe illness – and in some cases, long term symptoms that we have yet to fully understand. The COVID-19 vaccine candidates have been created to decrease death and severe illness.

 

Although a high percentage of people recover from COVID-19, some are hospitalized and experience severe illness. It is also somewhat common to have the virus but never experience symptoms, and it is possible to spread the virus to others even when symptoms are not present. When you make the choice to be vaccinated, you are protecting not only you but also those around you from the chance of death and severe illness caused by COVID-19.

If I’ve recovered from COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated?

Yes. We are seeing evidence of reinfection in patients. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from SARS-CoV-2 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Vaccination should not occur until the patient has met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

How long will immunity last if I get vaccinated?

There is no definitive data on how long immunity will last with a vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine will trigger an immune system response to develop active immunity. Active immunity results when exposure to a disease organism triggers the immune system to produce antibodies to that disease. If an immune person comes into contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will recognize it and immediately produce the antibodies needed to fight it. Although we don’t know exactly how long immunity will last for the specific vaccines in trial, active immunity can be long-lasting.

How many doses should I expect?

Two of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use require two doses. Janssen’s vaccine requires one dose.

 

It is important that patients return for the second dose to develop the highest level of protection from SARS-CoV-2. Patients who do not receive the second Pfizer vaccination dose at 21 days or the Moderna vaccination at 28 days should still receive that second dose as soon as possible thereafter.

Why is a vaccine necessary?

A vaccine is necessary to help you and your community shape a new normal. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines boost your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus.

If I miss receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at the recommended time, do I have to start the process over?

Patients who do not receive the second vaccination dose at 21 days for Pfizer or 28 days for Moderna should still receive that second dose as soon as possible thereafter. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval and a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.

New variant strains of SARS-CoV-2 are now in the United States. Will a vaccine still be effective?

Scientists are working to learn more about these variants to better understand how easily they might be transmitted and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them; however, early evidence suggests the vaccines remain effective against the variant. Currently, there is no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death. New information about the virologic, epidemiologic, and clinical characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory, in collaboration with the CDC, is monitoring the situation closely.

Cost

What will be the cost of getting vaccinated?

Nothing. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

 

COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

  • Charge you for the vaccine
  • Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance
  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network
  • Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate

 

COVID-19 vaccination providers can:

  • Seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee
    • However, providers cannot charge the vaccine recipient the balance of the bill
  • Seek reimbursement for uninsured vaccine recipients from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program

 

Individuals aware of any potential violations of these requirements are encouraged to report them to the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS or the website TIPS.HHS.GOV.

If I’m uninsured, can I get vaccinated?

No resident may be charged for the COVID-19 vaccine, so uninsured Missourians cannot be denied vaccination based on their health insurance status.