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As Missouri shifts vaccination focus, Boone County starts walk-in clinics Wednesday


As Missouri health officials ask vaccinators to shift their focus for coronavirus vaccinations, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department will begin its series of walk-in community clinics on Wednesday.

Health officials will host walk-in vaccination clinic at Centralia Intermediate School from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The health department sent out a Tweet, reminding residents the vaccine is free with no health insurance requirements. The clinic will be administering Pfizer's vaccine, making all Missouri residents 16 and older eligible to receive a shot.

Those getting vaccinated at Wednesday's clinic will return to Centralia Intermediate School at the same time on May 19 for their second dose.

As of Monday, the state's seven-day vaccination average was down 52 percent from its peak in April. Officials with Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services asked health departments Tuesday to host smaller, more targeted clinics.

At a recent mass vaccination clinic, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department reported just 475 of 2,000 doses were given out at the Columbia Mall.

The health department scheduled two vaccination clinics similar to Centralia's targeted event in the next seven days.

A walk-in clinic scheduled for Thursday will take place in Ashland at Southern Boone County High School from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The last clinic is scheduled for Tuesday at the Sturgeon Youth Center, also from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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