COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will offer free COVID-19 and flu vaccinations on Thursday.
Staff plan to host the clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Daniel Boone Regional Library at 100 W. Broadway in Columbia. Anyone can get vaccinated against COVID-19 or the flu without an appointment.
The health department plans to offer bivalent Pfizer booster doses to patients that are 5 years old and older. Patients that are 12 years old or older can receive bivalent Moderna booster doses.
Doctors recommend patients get a single booster dose at least two months after receiving their primary series or previous booster vaccination.
According to PHHS, the doses are free and won't require an ID or health insurance. On Tuesday, the health department shared on Twitter that Boone County is in the yellow/medium COVID-19 community level.
The CDC's COVID-19 community levels have been updated and Boone County is in the yellow (medium).— Columbia/Boone Co. Public Health & Human Services (@CoMo_HealthDept) December 13, 2022
Here are some of the CDC’s updated risk mitigation recommendations for the yellow (medium) level:
🟡 Stay up to date on vaccinations including boosters.
As of Sunday, nearly 900 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Ninety-eight of those patients are in the intensive care unit.
The White House announced Thursday anyone can again order free COVID-19 tests amid an increase in cases across the country.
PHHS will also offer free flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 64 years old. Staff will not offer the high-dose flu vaccine recommended for patients that are 65 or older.
On Friday, the state health department expects to release updated flu data for Missouri.
Patients looking for additional vaccination opportunities can find them by clicking here.