The Polk County Health Center will host an upcoming mass vaccination clinic on Friday, Oct. 8, for those seeking first, second and booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Carol Bookhout, community educator with the health center, said the event is open to all eligible residents.
First and second doses will be available for those ages 12 and older, while the booster doses are for those 18 and older, she said.
“It must be 6 months post the second Pfizer dose to receive the booster,” Bookhout said.
Online registration for the event is required, she said.
The registration form is found on the or on the Polk County Health Center Facebook page or online at form.jotform.com/Polk_County/covid-19-vaccineregistrationpolkco.
She said the clinic will open at 9:20 a.m., and the last appointment will be available at 4 p.m.
More about the Pfizer booster
According to Bookhout, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that people ages 65 and older and adults ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should get a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Residents ages 18 and older living in long term care settings also should get a Pfizer booster shot.
Per the CDC, those ages 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may get a Pfizer booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks, Bookhout said.
Also, people ages 18 to 64 at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings may get a booster shot.
Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers, as previously detailed by the CDC, Bookhout said. Qualifying jobs include the following:
For more information on the upcoming event, call the health center at 326-7250.
Bolivar resident wins drawing
A Bolivar resident was recently named as a $10,000 cash prize winner in the statewide vaccine initiative drawing.
According to the list of winners on the MO VIP website, found at MOStopsCovid.com/win, Janice Harris of Bolivar was one of 20 winners from District 7 in the incentive program’s drawing on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The winners’ names were announced Wednesday, Sept. 22.
According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, a total of 607,671 MO VIP entries had been received at the time of the third drawing.
Anyone who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the deadline can enter at any time for the drawings at MOStopsCovid.com, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Each of the five drawings will generate 180 winners, for a total of 900 winners overall, the release stated. A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to a total of 800 adults ages 18 and up, and 100 adolescents, ages 12 to 17, will win an education savings account through the Missouri State Treasurer’s MOST 529 program in the amount of $10,000.
The fourth drawing was Friday, Sept. 24. The winners of that drawing had not been announced as of press time Friday.
The deadline to enter the fifth and final drawing is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, the release stated.
Official rules, frequently asked questions and a program timeline are available at MOStopsCovid.com/win.