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Vaccine information

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.

How to get vaccinated

Students:

Students can call the MU Student Health Center to schedule an appointment for a vaccine (573-882-7481).

Faculty and staff:

MU Health Care’s new vaccination site in Women’s and Children’s Hospital is now open. The site is located inside the east entrance of the hospital at 404 N. Keene St.

The site will offer Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 573-771-CARE (2273).

MU Health Care COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling

Vaccine event options and schedule

On-campus student flu shot clinics

Note: All flu shot clinics will also offer COVID-19 vaccine options. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all students, faculty and staff. Flu shots at these clinics are reserved for students only, as the student health fee covers the cost of these vaccinations. You can get a flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employee flu shot clinics

MU Health Care offers multiple ways to get your flu vaccine, including the popular drive-thru shot even at South Providence Medical Park.

These events are for anyone ages 6 months and older on Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3. Vaccination will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the four days. COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at the drive-thru events. For details and other flu shot options see:

Where to get your 2021 flu shot

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

Checklist

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.

  • Being fully vaccinated is defined as:  
    • 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of two-dose vaccine series (e.g. Moderna or Pfizer)
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) 
  • 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.

Finding a vaccine

In Columbia: 

MU Health Care can schedule a second dose even if you didn’t get your first dose from them. Vaccination appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 573-771-CARE (2273).

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

We encourage all members of the MU community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Students, faculty and staff who provide a record of their COVID-19 vaccination information can enter to win exciting prizes. The next drawing is Sept. 21, 2021.

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.

Safety recommendations