The Cole County COVID-19 vaccination site will only be open two days a week, starting Monday.
Participants in Thursday’s weekly county coronavirus update wanted to remind citizens of the change (a reduction from four days a week).
Hours at the Capital Mall site will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays.
The site will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31.
Reduced hours came about as the county saw fewer and fewer positive cases, Cole County Health Department
Director Kristi Campbell said.
Cole County only had five positive cases over the past week, Campbell said. The county remains behind the state in total vaccination rates, she continued. About 37.4 percent of Cole County residents have initiated vaccinations. The statewide vaccination rate is 50.7 percent, she said.
The federal government has approved three vaccines for emergency use in the United States. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose.
The state coronavirus recovery website shows about 2.05 million Missouri residents have completed their vaccinations.
Local hospitals are also seeing fewer COVID-19 patients.
“Our numbers continue to be low here, from the COVID perspective at the hospital,” said Mike Hyde, St. Mary’s Hospital vice president over nursing. “It’s great to have a breather.”
With only one to three COVID-19 patients a day coming in to Capital Region Medical Center, volume is very low there too, hospital officials said.
The Pfizer vaccine has demonstrated 100 percent efficacy in children ages 12-15, said Pauline Burrell, a CRMC
It’s “wonderful” to include them with older children who may now receive the vaccination, Burrell said. Side effects for children in the age group remain the same as with adults — mostly a sore arm and possibly some nausea after the second dose.
More and more pregnant women are opting for
vaccinations, said John Olson, a CRMC obstetrician.
There have been no increased side effects from receiving the vaccine during pregnancy, Olson said. And the vaccine can potentially protect babies.
“Antibodies can cross into the babies and help them once they are delivered,” Olson said.
The Community Health Center of Central Missouri continues to take its mobile examination room to patients, helping them overcome transportation issues, said Crystal Sullivan, the center’s chief executive officer.
Partnering with the United Way of Central Missouri, the center has been setting up the room at mobile food pantry sites, taking vaccines to people whose options for travel are limited. It did so Wednesday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City.
It will also set up 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Martin Catholic Church, 7206 U.S. Business 50 West, in St. Martins. The center will provide vaccinations 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Building Community Bridges, 213 E. Ashley St., Jefferson City.
“Vaccines will be available for anyone 12 years old and above,” Sullivan said.
Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman said anyone wishing to have a mobile clinic at their event should contact the county and inquire about availability — whether for church picnics, sporting events or other gatherings. And people may continue to receive vaccinations at several local pharmacies, he added.