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Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics are coming to Moniteau County next week.

In partnership with the Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Moniteau County 911/Emergency Management, the Moniteau County Health Center will help facilitate two mass vaccination clinics, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m March 30-31 at United Church of Christ's gymnasium in California.

Events such as these are held throughout the state and provide the ability to vaccinate around 2,000 people, according to the Health Center. At this month's vaccination events, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be administered as first doses.

Those interested in signing up should visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator or call 877-435-8411. Once registered with the state's vaccine navigator, registrants be notified via email or text message when the event is finalized to complete registration.

Vaccinations will be given in accordance with Missouri's phased roll-out plan. To check eligibility, visit covidvaccine.mo.gov/residents.

Missouri began vaccinating individuals who fall under Phase 1B — Tier 3 last week; that group includes workers in K-12 education, child care, government, food and agriculture, and water and wastewater systems, among other occupations. Phase 2 will be activated next Monday, and those who will be eligible in that tier — government workers, the commercial facilities sector and the homeless, among others — may attend this event, but must register in advance.

The Moniteau County Health Center stated last Wednesday it will continue to work through its own COVID-19 vaccination wait list; the mass vaccination events are separate from the Health Center's day-to-day work, including already scheduled vaccination appointments. Those signed up through the Health Center's wait list are not automatically signed up to get vaccinated at the mass site and will need to register.

The Health Center also stated it anticipates having open space throughout the event; to avoid vaccine wastage, the public is encouraged to register. Should further doses be identified as available due to no shows, a social media notification will alert citizens who haven't signed up to come to the site on the day of the event.

Those who are vaccinated this month should plan on returning to the same site after three weeks for their booster dose, and will be automatically scheduled to return at the same time as their first dose.

There were seven active COVID-19 cases among Moniteau County residents as of press time Tuesday.

More than 3,000 vaccines have been administered by the Moniteau County Health Center to date.

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