(Joplin, MO) – On Friday, January 29 the City of Joplin and Jasper County Health Departments, as well as other community partners, will assist the National Guard and help provide vaccinations to approximately 1,000 citizens.
The Missouri National Guard is offering this drive-thru format clinic in cooperation with local public health partners. It will be Joplin’s first public clinic and may serve as a model for future clinics with the National Guard. On January 20, 2021 Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri National Guard will assist the Department of Health and Senior Services and other state partners in establishing vaccination sites across the state.
Citizens can register for the Friday vaccine clinic by going to the scheduling tool found on the City’s website at joplinmo.org/coronavirus. For those without computer access, please call 417.623.4973. A high-call volume is anticipated, so please be patient or use the online scheduling system. The phone lines will be open Wednesday, January 27 until 6:00 pm or until all spots are filled. Normal hours for the phone line will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
In the near future, registration will be offered for additional public vaccination clinics. As these clinics are scheduled, the City will announce the dates through the local news media, the City’s website and social media sites. These indoor clinics will continue to be offered as more vaccines become available. Because of the limited inventory, clinics may not be offered in a pattern, but rather when supplies and resources are available.
“We understand people are anxious to receive their vaccine,” said Ryan Talken, Director of the Joplin Health Department. “This drive-thru clinic is the first National Guard mass vaccination site in the Joplin area, and we are addressing various logistical needs for this type of clinic. We’ve also been working with our partners to hold clinic opportunities in an indoor setting as more of the vaccine is shipped to us. Our goal is to vaccinate everyone who would like to receive it, but this will take time and patience as we wait for more vaccine supply shipments.”
Talken emphasized that only those people who have an appointment for the drive-thru clinic will receive the vaccine on Friday. Individuals who come to the clinic and do not have an appointment will be turned away.
Upcoming clinics will be announced through the local news media, the City’s website and social media sites. Area healthcare partners will also be sharing this information. The public is encouraged to watch for these announcements. In the meantime, health officials encourage everyone to review the vaccination plan and categories at covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority.
Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204