Springfield health and business leaders discuss success with vaccination efforts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other local health and business leaders will provide a COVID-19 vaccination update Wednesday afternoon.

This press briefing comes after the Health Department stated that 50% of eligible Greene County residents are fully vaccinated. Katie Towns said Wednesday that means about 126,000 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Towns began the briefing by thanking health, hospital, and city leaders, as well as the public as a whole for their commitment to keep our community safe and healthy. Springfield Mayor Ken McClure was not at the briefing, but a video from him was played where he again thanked the community for their help in reaching the 50% vaccination rate.

She compared Greene County to Boone and St. Louis counties, saying that both had an 11% higher vaccination than Greene County during the delta surge, and saw significantly fewer cases, and were able to recover more quickly.

She said she realizes there are still hesitant or are still waiting to get their shot. Towns added he health department is here help, not to shame.

The goal for the Health Department right now is to push for its ultimate goal of hitting 70% of eligible residents fully vaccinated.

Business leaders from SRC and Aids Project of the Ozarks (APO) spoke about how high the vaccination rates are at their companies. Jack Stack with SRC says his company is around 64% vaccinated and Lynne Meyerkord with APO says her staff is 100% vaccinated, APO has 63 employees.

During the pandemic, SRC brought local nurses in to speak with employees about the reality of the pandemic. 

SRC also offered incentives, like drawings at each of its 14 facilities, giving its 2,000 employees who choose to get vaccinated a chance to win one of several new SUVs.

The Health Department also says its finalizing plans for folks seeking a third dose of the vaccine. The department plans to release more information in the coming days.

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