Simple steps on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri

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This Dec. 2, 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- It’s been nearly six months since COVID-19 vaccines became available in Missouri. Currently, every Missourian ages 12 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.

Below, we’ve compiled information in hopes of making your vaccination process a little easier.

How to register for the vaccine on the Missouri Vaccine Navigator site

The state recommends residents register online, but the state does have a COVID-19 hotline number to call. That number is (877) 435-8411.

First identify your priority tier. The online form will ask you for the following information:

  • Information about you and your medical history
  • Contact information you often check, so you can be reached to make an appointment

You will then receive an email to schedule an appointment in your area.

If you are unsure where to get a vaccine, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and several health departments in the Ozarks have created a regional call center to help residents schedule an appointment.

The call center number is (417) 874-1211.

Pfizer Vaccine

  • The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot mRNA vaccine
  • Time between doses is 21 days
  • Shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Side effects include
  • Pain, redness, swelling in the arm
  • Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea in the rest of your body
  • Not all side effects will be present, and the vaccine affects everyone differently
  • Chills, tiredness, and headaches are more common after the second dose of the vaccine

According to the CDC, the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.

Moderna Vaccine

  • The Moderna vaccine is a two-shot mRNA vaccine
  • Time between doses is 28 days apart
  • Shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Side effects include
  • Pain, redness, swelling in the arm
  • Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea in the rest of your body
  • Not all side effects will be present and the vaccine affects everyone differently
  • Chills, tiredness, and headaches are more common after the second dose of the vaccine

The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected, according to the CDC.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-shot viral vector vaccine
  • Number of shots: one
  • Shot is given in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Side effects include
  • Pain, redness, swelling in the arm
  • Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea in the rest of your body
  • Not all side effects will be present and the vaccine affects everyone differently
  • Chills, tiredness, and headaches are more common after the second dose of the vaccine

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who had no evidence of prior infection two weeks after receiving the vaccine, according to the CDC. The CDC also says people had the most protection two weeks after receiving the vaccine.

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