COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Boone Hospital Center officials vaccinated up 1,000 people with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Thursday. Health officials stated they would vaccinate at least 750 people with the goal of 1,000 for Thursday.
The event was held at the Columbia Mall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. according to Dr. Robin Blount, chief medical officer of Boone Hospital Center.
Appointment requests were sent out from the combined survey list of MU Health Care, Boone Hospital, and the City of Columbia.
Tuesday afternoon, Boone Hospital received a shipment of the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Blount said the hospital also received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine which it plans on giving out at a clinic next week.
Sara Humm, the spokeswoman for the Columbia/Boone County health department, said the health department received 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday and expected to receive an additional 40 doses on Wednesday which was being reallocated from Cole County.
Currently, eligible people to receive the vaccine fall under Phase 1B Tier 2 but Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced last week the state will be moving to Tier 3 of vaccinations on March 15.
According to the state vaccination dashboard, Boone County residents have received 50,493 doses of the coronavirus vaccine -- 18.4% of the county's population.