COVID-19 Vaccine Information
By continuing to work together with our state and local partners, we are confident our vaccination efforts will lead us to brighter days as we continue to walk through this pandemic. Ozarks Healthcare is ready to continue doing our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and provide more vaccinations to our community.
As a health system, we believe the COVID-19 vaccine is a positive milestone in our battle against COVID-19. Being able to help share doses of what we believe is equivalent to hope our community is an honor. We are thankful to have worked as a team with our state and city partners to start getting this vaccine out into the public, and we hope to administer more doses through continued efforts.
The COVID vaccine is an extremely exciting point in our lifetimes. We haven’t had any control until this. It’s an opportunity for us to regain control – each one of us will make a difference.
mRNA allows our white blood cells to read the blueprint and make spike proteins for our immune system to recognize in the future.
The vaccine trials involved a cross-section of everyone in the United States, including minority populations.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT A COVID-19 VACCINE WILL BE SAFE?
Hundreds of millions of Americans have been safely vaccinated against COVID-19, with the vast majority experiencing minor, temporary side effects. The safety and efficacy data has also been reviewed by an independent expert committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which also recommended the vaccines.
Available vaccines have met all safety and efficacy standards. You, your family and your community will be safer with each individual that chooses vaccination. Vaccinations have been proven to prevent severe illness and death caused by COVID-19.
The vaccine will be made available based on ethical principles of maximizing benefits, minimizing harm, striving for equity, justice and fairness, and making transparent decisions. Ethical considerations included prioritizing Missourians who have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccines are lifesaving developments. Vaccinations have saved hundreds of millions of lives over the last century. Scientists have developed vaccines for Smallpox, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis, Meningitis and more. Studies show that higher vaccination coverage is associated with lower rates of incidence of COVID-19 and mortality related to COVID-19.
We are committed to providing a free COVID-19 vaccination experience to anyone in Missouri, including those without insurance. No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if applicable in your situation. Those who are uninsured will be able to receive the vaccination regardless of their health insurance status.