Several community partners have collaborated to create a site on the grounds of Branson High School to serve as a central location for COVID-19 vaccines for residents of Taney County.
According to the Jan. 29 press release from the Taney County Health Department, the health department is coordinating with the Branson School District and Cox Branson Medical Center to bring vaccines to the community.
Vaccinations will take place at the location provided by Branson Schools, while Cox and the Taney County Health Department combine their efforts to vaccinate residents.
“We feel privileged to partner with our local health experts in providing a facility for the vaccination clinic,” Branson Superintendent Brad Swofford said in the press release. “The high school activity center has its own parking lot and is located on the high school campus, near the football field. The site and facility have their own entrance and exit from the main campus, making it easier to get around for those visiting the vaccination clinic. We are happy to be a part of this effort to improve the health of our community. “
Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can submit their information online to be put on the vaccination list. Once eligible and the vaccine available, people will be contacted by phone, text or email to schedule their appointment. To be registered on the list, go to one of the following two links:
Currently, those eligible for any of the approved vaccines include the Phase 1A group (health workers), Phase 1B, level 1 and 2 groups (first responders and high risk individuals). Vaccine supply is still limited throughout the state of Missouri, but Cox and the health department request vaccines weekly and schedule clinics as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
Officials said in the press release that collaboration between the entities is crucial to distribute the vaccine to individuals.
“Our community is stronger when we work together,” said Dr. Shawn Usery, chief medical officer at Cox Medical Center Branson. “This collaboration between CoxHealth, the Taney County Health Department and Branson Public Schools showcases this teamwork. We are excited to roll out the vaccine to our friends and neighbors – such a promising next step to help us overcome this pandemic. “
“We are grateful to community partners who understand the importance of immunizing our residents and the monumental task that awaits us all,” said Lisa Marshall, director of the Taney County Department of Health. “We are all working diligently to get vaccines to our community as quickly as possible, and believe that by working together we can better serve Taney County.”
For more information, contact the Taney County Department of Health at 417-334-4544, or visit taneycohealth.org.