Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Ozarks

COVID Vaccine Updates

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- As the U.S. Government prepares to ramp up vaccine distribution, counties in the Springfield area are administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been approved by the FDA, with more in the process of studies and approval. Each state has drafted its own plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is what we know right now, about each of the counties in the Springfield metro area.

Ozarks First will continue to update this story as new information comes in about where to get the vaccine. Counties with their health department’s website and phone number will be updated as vaccine information comes in for that county.


On February 9, 2021, the state announced Missouri retail pharmacies such as Walmart and Sam’s Club will join the effort to vaccinate Missourians.

On February 8, 2021, Missouri launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Navigator. Users who register with the tool will receive an alert and resources from the state when they are eligible to receive the shot. You can also register by calling 877-435-8411.

Missouri has launched a COVID-19 vaccine dashboard tracking how many doses have been administered in the state.

The state is also now listing its dates for future vaccine clinics with the Missouri National Guard.

Missouri’s vaccine rollout plan includes 3 phases. Phase one is broken into sub-phases. The state has completed Phase 1A, which is front-facing healthcare workers and long term care residents. Phase 1B began on January 14, 2021. Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine website explains the phases. If you are in Phase 1A or 1B, you can check the availability of vaccinators using a map on the state’s website.

Hospitals and other outlets

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is stressing the importance of getting your name on a list with a local healthcare provider.

Mercy Hospital is vaccinating people who are in Phase 1B, as of January 18, 2021. One of the first to receive the vaccine as part of this phase was a WW2 Veteran. Mercy has set up a portal to help you determine your eligibility and to register to get your COVID-19 vaccine. For those who don’t have internet access, Mercy has set up a phone number for vaccine requests. That number is 1-833-364-6777.

Any CoxHealth patient who is in category 1B is asked to fill out a survey on their patient portal. This is not a registration.

The Jordan Valley Health Center is also a part of vaccination efforts in the area.

Camden County

Camden County’s Health Department is not taking additional appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations and does not have a waiting list. Those interested in the vaccine can get on a list with Lake Regional Hospital.

A post on the department’s Facebook page says the department has been overwhelmed with calls. You can call the department at (573) 346-5479, and are urged to listen to the entire message. The department will keep the message updated on vaccine availability.

Cedar County

The Cedar County Memorial Hospital Facebook page states the hospital vaccinated 100 people with the Moderna vaccine in February 2021. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine when the hospital receives doses, you can call (417) 876-2511. Tell the operator you want to be placed on the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list.

Christian County

The Christian County Health Department spoke with us about the challenges that come with administering the vaccine.

Anyone in Christian County who is interested in the vaccine can sign up for the county’s waiting list. You’ll be notified when the vaccine is available for your tier, then you can schedule an appointment.

The department is also recruiting volunteers to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. You can sign up by taking a survey on the department’s website.

Severe weather forced the health department to cancel a February 18, 2021 vaccine clinic. Health officials will contact those affected to reschedule.

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services released new guidance on phases and tiers on January 15, 2021.

Dade County

The Dade County, Missouri Health Department is creating a waiting list for those interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You can sign up on the department’s website. You can also call the department at (417) 637-2345.

Dallas County

Dallas County’s Health Department is asking residents to complete a survey, which will prompt health officials to contact you when it’s time to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. You can also call (417) 345-2332.

A post on the department’s Facebook page states the department has given out the 100 doses of Moderna vaccine received. If you are on the county’s list but have received a COVID-19 vaccine somewhere else, you are asked to contact the department to be taken off the list.

Dent County

In a post on its Facebook page, the Dent County Health Center says it is working closely with Salem Memorial District Hospital. The hospital has been included in the state’s High Throughput Vaccination Program. To schedule your vaccination, call the Dent County Health Center at (573) 729-3106.

Douglas County

Greene County

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering email updates for anyone who takes the Finish Strong Pledge. The department’s goal is to have 70% of the county’s population vaccinated.

Hickory County

Ozarks Community Health Center in Hermitage has set up a COVID-19 vaccination wait list.

Howell County

The Howell County Health Department states on its website it will schedule vaccine appointments in compliance with the state’s plan.

Ozarks Healthcare, in West Plains, is now asking those interested in receiving a vaccine to sign up through the state’s vaccine navigator. The hospital has been selected as one of Missouri’s high-throughput COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Laclede County

The Laclede County Health Department’s Facebook page has updates on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine supply and availability. Mercy Hospital Lebanon and Jordan Valley Community Health Lebanon have partnered with the department to vaccinate people in Phase 1B, Tier 1, and Tier 2.

You can register for an appointment through Mercy or CoxHealth. You can call Jordan Valley at (417) 334-8337. You can also sign up for a waiting list with Lake Regional Health System.

Lawrence County

On Facebook, Lawrence County’s Health Department says it is rescheduling people who were signed up for the February 17, 2021 vaccine clinic that was canceled due to winter weather. If you were signed up and received the COVID-19 vaccine somewhere else, call (417) 466-2201. The county is keeping a waiting list for people who live or work in Lawrence County, and fall into Phase 1A, Phase 1B- Tier 1, or Phase 1B- Tier 2.

Anyone interested in the vaccine who falls into those phases should call (417) 466-2201.

You can also register through Mercy or CoxHealth.

Phelps County

The Phelps-Maries County Health Department shared a list of vaccine resources on its Facebook page, saying the department itself does not have doses.

Polk County

The Polk County Health Center is asking anyone who is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to fill out a survey on its website. The survey will allow staff to contact people to schedule their appointment when their phase or tier opens up. This survey does not register you for an appointment to get the vaccine.

Citizens Memorial Hospital also has opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Health Center is hosting vaccine clinics and is posting updates on the center’s Facebook page. The health center points residents to the state’s vaccine navigator to get on a list to be contacted when it’s time to receive their first dose.

Stone County

The Stone County Health Department says it is no longer taking pre-registrations for COVID-19 vaccines. The county is receiving limited amounts of the vaccine and is directing the energy of staff and volunteers to vaccinate those who are already on the list.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help the department reach its goal of vaccinating 1,000 people each week, can sign up to volunteer. Email Katrinka.Cooksey@lpha.mo.gov with your name, number, physical restrictions, and availability.

Taney County

Taney County’s Health Department is teaming up with CoxHealth and Branson Public Schools to hold vaccination clinics at the High School Activities Center. No date has been set, but those who are interested can submit their information to the health department or CoxHealth.

You can fill out a survey right now on the department’s website, to let officials know you’re interested in receiving the vaccine.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the department is scheduling for vaccine clinics over the next week. Anyone who signed up with TCHD should be checking their email.

Texas County

According to a post on the Texas County Health Department’s Facebook page, residents can call (417) 967-4131 to make an appointment for vaccine clinics held at the office.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital’s Facebook page has information about upcoming clinics. Texas County Memorial Hospital is pointing residents to the state’s vaccine navigator to register.

Webster County

Wright County

According to the Wright County Health Department’s Facebook page, pre-registration is open for COVID-19 vaccinations. Anyone who is interested can call the Hartville office at (417) 741-7791 or the Mtn. Grove office at (417) 926-0009.

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