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Vaccine information

We know many members of our campus are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. MU Health Care, Boone Health, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services and local pharmacies are working together to vaccinate our community based on guidance from county, state and federal health officials.

All Missourians aged 12 and older and all University of Missouri students are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

MU Health Care now offers the vaccine at four locations in Columbia and Fulton. Vaccination is available by appointment only.

MU Health Care COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

On-campus vaccine event options and schedule

Beginning in August, MU will host a variety of special vaccination events at Mizzou and in Columbia for all students, staff and faculty who have not yet been vaccinated:

Getting vaccinated while away from Columbia

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and find clinics, pharmacies and other locations offering vaccines across the nation visit:

Vaccines.gov

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Make your vaccine plan

If you have not already completed your vaccination, begin your vaccination process wherever you are. If you get vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer shots elsewhere, you can receive your second vaccination dose in Columbia.

  • You do not have to be a patient at MU Health Care to be vaccinated.
  • Parents must sign consent forms for children 12-17.
  • Vaccines.gov can also help you find clinics, pharmacies and other locations offering vaccines across the nation.
  • MU Health Care now offers the vaccine at four locations in Columbia and Fulton.

Getting vaccinated

In Columbia: 

MU Health Care has Pfizer vaccine and can now schedule a second dose even if you didn’t get your first dose from them. Please call (573) 771-2273 to schedule an appointment.

You can stay up-to-date with other local vaccination efforts on Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine page.

Out-of-state and international Tigers

If you are an out-of-state or international student, you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine at any Missouri vaccination site by providing your student ID card.

Across Missouri

There are vaccination sites across Missouri, and you can view and register for many of the planned events using the Missouri Vaccine Navigator.

Log your vaccine

Students, faculty and staff are strongly urged to get vaccinated and upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccination records or cards. Providing your vaccine information will help guide our policies to promote a safe working and learning environment. Vaccine information will be kept confidential. 

Learn more about logging your vaccine

What to expect at your vaccination appointment

Detailed information, including what to expect, parking guidance, safety measures and more can be found on MU Health Care’s How Do I get the COVID-19 Vaccine? webpage.

Regardless of where and when you receive your vaccination, you will receive either a vaccine that uses mRNA or one that uses a weakened/dead version of the virus. Both types of vaccines create an immune response to help your body fight COVID-19.

If you receive a vaccine that uses mRNA, you will receive a two-dose series, meaning you will need to receive two shots either 21 or 28 days apart, depending on which version you receive. To get the most protection from the mRNA vaccine, you will need both shots.

No person may be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine but vaccinators may charge an administration fee to your insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if applicable. People who are uninsured will receive their vaccination regardless of their health insurance status.

Vaccine safety and efficacy

We want all members of our university community to feel safe and confident in their decision to get vaccinated. Although they were developed in record time, we can thank worldwide collaboration, funding and prior research for the speed of the COVID-19 vaccine development and authorization.

The vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration have gone through all of the same steps and requirements as every other vaccine and were tested in large clinical trials of tens of thousands of adults of different ages, races, ethnicities and medical conditions to ensure they meet safety standards. You can learn more about vaccine safety and efficacy on Missouri’s COVID-19 facts webpage.

COVID-19 vaccine appointment information for adolescents

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Continue to practice safe behavior

While vaccinated people can enjoy some things they weren’t able to do over the past year, it is important that all members of the university community — even those who have been vaccinated — continue to engage in behaviors that limit the spread of the virus.

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