(Joplin, MO) – The City of Joplin’s Health Department will offer an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination starting on Wednesday, March 17. Health Department staff will offer about 90 first-dose Moderna vaccines on Wednesday, March 17 and another 100 first-dose Moderna vaccines on Wednesday, March 24. These appointments will be on the campus of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). All individuals MUST have an appointment to receive a vaccine.
The clinic is open to those individuals who are in the Priority Phases of Phase 1A and Phase 1B — Tier 1 and Phase 1B — Tier 2. Starting March 15, Tier 3 for Phase 1B is now open and qualifies individuals who fall under the categories listed for Tier 2. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services noted that Tier 3 includes sectors of education (K–12); childcare; communications infrastructure; energy sector; food and agriculture; government; and information technology. For details of the Priority Phases, visit the State’s website here.
On Tuesday, March 16, the City will open the scheduling phone line and online registration tool at 1:00 pm. It will be open until all spots are filled for the two days noted above. Citizens can register for this indoor 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. We anticipate a high call volume, so please be patient or use the online scheduling system.
This walk-up, indoor vaccination clinic will be held on the MSSU campus in the FEMA storm shelter. The address is 1012 N. International Avenue, Joplin, Missouri 64801. Parking for the clinic will be in the parking lot to the west of the building and can be accessed by entering the Criminal Justice from Newman Road.
Once an individual schedules an appointment, they will receive a confirmation email with more details about their appointment.
“These clinics will allow us to offer vaccine opportunities to those who are in this newly opened Tier 3,” said Ryan Talken, Director of the Joplin Health Department. “If citizens do not get an appointment at these clinics, we encourage them to keep watching for future clinics. We will host these as we receive vaccine supply. Citizens can also check with their pharmacy and other health providers for available vaccination opportunities.”
Because of the limited inventory, clinics may not be offered in a pattern, but when supply and resources are available. The City will announce the dates and hours through the local news media and City website. Citizens can sign up to receive City news releases and get notifications about future clinics by using the Notify Me feature on the City’s website, here. Select the News Flash option and then the City News category. When entering your contact information, you can choose to receive a text or an email when a news release is posted on the City’s website.
Talken reminds the public that only those people who have an appointment for the clinic will receive the vaccine at the Health Department. Individuals who come to MSSU and do not have an appointment will be turned away.
Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204