VACCINE INFORMATION

CURRENT VACCINATION PHASE


As of Monday, January 18, 2021, Missouri is currently vaccinating people who fall under Phase 1A, Phase 1B – Tier 1, and Phase 1B – Tier 2.

Phase 1A includes the following individuals:

Family caregivers, hospital personnel, long-term care facilities and residents, COVID vaccination and testing staff, EMS and healthcare clinics (JCMG employees), and patient-facing healthcare providers.

Phase 1B – Tier 1 includes the following individuals:

First responders, emergency services, public health infrastructure.

Phase 1B – Tier 2 includes the following individuals:

Anyone aged 65 and older and any adults with cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Heart Conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome.

LIMITED VACCINE SUPPLY

JCMG is receiving a limited supply of the vaccine. We can only give out as much vaccine as we are allocated, and the quantities may fluctuate week to week.

At the moment, JCMG has the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for distribution. We do not know when we will have the Moderna or any other vaccine available.

WHO JCMG IS VACCINATING

At JCMG, we will be vaccinating patients established with JCMG who fall under Phase 1B – Tier 2. If you do not qualify under Phase 1B – Tier 2, then you will have to wait until your phase is announced.

WHO JCMG IS NOT VACCINATING

Patients not established with JCMG will not be vaccinated at JCMG at this time. If you fall under Phase 1B – Tier 2 but are not a JCMG patient, contact your local health department (Cole County Health Department: (573) 636-2181) or primary care physician.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A VACCINE

If you are a patient established with JCMG and are either over 65 or have a comorbidity, then you can register with us to get the vaccine.

In order to receive a vaccine, you must sign up for our Communication list. As of February 4, we are calling patients from our Communication List to sign them up for a vaccine, going down the list. We will not be accepting walk-ins, nor can you receive the vaccine during a doctor visit.

We will not be accepting walk-ins, nor can you receive the vaccine during a doctor visit.

MULTIPLE DOSES

In order for the vaccine to work properly, you must have two doses of it. For the Pfizer vaccine, it’s recommended that you get the second dose around 21 days after your first one, and 28 days for Moderna.

However, due to supply, those time frames might be difficult to hit. If you cannot get your second dose on time, it is recommended that you get it as soon as possible after the date. There is currently no information on the efficacy of the second dose if it is given later than the recommended date.

VACCINE COST

The vaccine itself will be free to Missouri residents. However, there may be an administration fee. This administration fee might be covered by your insurance.

REACTIONS AND WAIT TIME

Immediately after receiving the vaccine, you will be required to wait for 15 minutes. If you have a previous history of anaphylactic reaction, you will be required to stay for 30 minutes instead. Most reactions to the vaccine often occur shortly following receiving the vaccine, so we will require you to stick around for a bit to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction.

The most commonly reported side effects, which typically last several days, are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Often, more people experience these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. If you experience the aforementioned side effects for more than 48 hours after you received the shot, contact your primary care physician.

RECEIVING THE VACCINE IF YOU HAD COVID-19

We are seeing evidence of reinfection in patients. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from SARS-CoV-2 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. You must be free of COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days prior to receiving the vaccine in order for it to be effective.

CONTINUED PRECAUTIONS

After receiving the vaccine, you should still continue preventative behaviors, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and hand washing. One week after your first shot, you will have some resistance to the virus, and about a week after the second dose you will have a 95% chance to be immune to the virus. Additionally, if you become immune to the virus after receiving the vaccine, you can still carry and spread the virus to others who are not immune.

Therefore, it is still recommended that you continue preventative behaviors, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and hand washing.

PREVIOUS COVID-19 VACCINATION DAYS

JCMG is excited to have the opportunity to vaccinate our patients! We’re doing our best to make sure we get as many people vaccinated as we can. Supply is low and we don’t know how consistent it will be—but rest assured, we are going to vaccinate as many people as we possibly can! We have tens of thousands of patients to go, so please be patient with us.

Date Time Patients Vaccinated
Thursday, January 21, 2021 9am – 4pm 193
Friday, January 22, 2021 9am – 4pm 230
Saturday, January 23, 2021 9am – 2pm 327
Thursday, January 28, 2021 9am – 4pm 126
Friday, January 29, 2021 9am – 4pm 306
Saturday, January 30, 2021 9am – 4pm 792

VACCINE FAQs

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has put together a thorough FAQ page. Please refer to this for the most up-to-date information: covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts