Third Attempt for Regional Vaccine Event

The regional COVID-19 vaccine event originally scheduled for Feb. 10, then Feb. 18 due to weather, has been rescheduled again for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Crossing, 810 E. Shepherd Ave., in Kirksville. The Adair County Health Department, local and regional health care and community partners, and the Missouri National Guard will be coordinating the mass vaccination and directing traffic.

Those who registered for the Feb. 10 and/or Feb. 18 event should keep the same scheduled appointment time. Due to cancellations, there are some appointments still available, so registration has been reopened to fill them. Visit the Adair County Health Department website and click on the registration link on the homepage to register. Those who do not have internet service can call 660.730.6100 and 660.730.6200 to register.

This regional event is primarily for adults age 65 and older and high-risk individuals including adults age 18 and older with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, pregnant women or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. Any remaining long-term and residential care workers, hospital and health care workers, emergency workers, including first responders, ambulance, law enforcement, fire, corrections and juvenile corrections, emergency management and public works employees may also register. Anyone who does not fall into these groups is not eligible for the Feb. 25 vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine will be administered Feb. 25. All participants should bring their signed consent form with them. Those forms are available on the Adair County Health Department’s website under the “Forms” tab or may be picked up at the Adair County Health Department’s clinic entrance. There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine, however, Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring their Medicare card to the clinic.

Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible. Anyone with a health condition that makes walking difficult should park in the blue handicap-designated spaces in front of The Crossing and wait for assistance. Participants will check in with their consent form and if applicable, their Medicare card, at the registration area, proceed to the vaccine area, then sit in a waiting area for 15 minutes where they will be monitored for any adverse reactions to the vaccine before being released to return to their vehicles.

Those receiving the Moderna vaccine Feb. 25 should receive the second dose of the same vaccine March 25 at the same scheduled time.

Vaccine availability by entities other than the health department will continue to expand as manufacturers produce more doses.
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