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. These entities determine when a particular group will be able to get vaccinated and how the vaccine will be distributed.
All Missourians aged 12 and older and all University of Missouri students are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccine appointment slots are now open for multiple MU Health Care vaccination events at Faurot Field:
- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, May 14. (Dose 2: Friday, June 4.)
- 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 17. (Dose 2: Monday, June 7.)
- 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 20. (Dose 2: Thursday, June 10.)
All vaccination events are open to ages 12 and older.
Make your appointment now
In Columbia: Faurot Field vaccination site
You do not have to be a patient at MU Health Care to be vaccinated at the Faurot Field site. Parents must sign consent forms for children 12-17.
COVID-19 vaccine appointment information for adolescents
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.
There are vaccination sites across Missouri, and you can view and register for many of the planned events using the Missouri Vaccine Navigator.
What to expect at your vaccination appointment
If you are receiving your vaccination at MU Health Care, watch the educational video to see what you can expect. Detailed information, including parking guidance, safety and social distancing 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.