How Do I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Photo of person getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: a safe way to control the spread of COVID-19.

MU Health Care is proud to offer COVID-19 vaccination to the community. Our vaccination site at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, is just one of many venues for vaccination in the area. The state of Missouri also has a list of mass vaccination events in the state.

About Our Vaccination Site

Our vaccination site at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at MU's football stadium offers the vaccine by appointment only and is designed to allow appropriate spacing, efficient patient flow and minimal wait times.

How Does the Sign-Up Process Work?

Because demand for the vaccine is far greater than supply, MU Health Care is partnering with Boone Health and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services on a survey for people to express interest in getting vaccinated.

Here's how it works:

  • Complete the COVID-19 vaccine survey online, or call (573) 771-CARE (2273) to have someone fill it out and submit for you.
  • Based on your responses, you will be sorted into the appropriate tier (as determined by the state of Missouri).
  • As we receive vaccine supply, we will open appointment spots based on the number of doses we receive.
  • We will then use a process to select people from eligible tiers and offer them appointment invitations* via phone or email.
    • The process involves assigning a random number to each survey submission and then adding points for length on the survey list.
    • We also try to group couples whenever both people are eligible and in the survey.
  • For those who do not receive an appointment invite, we will send updates each Monday and continue the process until everyone who wants a vaccine gets one.

Appointment Invitations

*Your appointment invitation might come from MU Health Care, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services or Boone Health.

  • MU Health Care uses a scheduling system called TimeTap to make appointments, so your invitation will come from noreply@timetap.com.
  • Boone Health email invitations will come from covidvaccine@boone.health.
  • Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services email invitations will come from covidvaccine@como.gov.

Once you receive an appointment invitation, you can complete the scheduling process online or by phone. During this process you will attest to the truthfulness of your answers to questions that determine your eligibility. This helps us ensure we're following the state's distribution plan. Our staff will check photo identification upon registration.

Learn more about the state's distribution plan and determine when you might be eligible: When Can I Get Vaccinated for COVID-19?

What Do I Do Before My Appointment?

After you schedule your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with important information you will need to review and act upon. It is highly encouraged that you complete the consent form prior to your appointment time and bring the completed form with you. This is one way we can ensure you are in and out as quickly as possible.

What Happens on the Day of My Appointment?

When attending your appointment, please:

  • Wear a loose-fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for the walk from the parking lot to the Columns Club – wheelchairs are available for those who may need assistance.
  • Follow masking and physical distancing guidelines.
  • Bring your photo identification and your completed consent form. (If you don't complete your consent form ahead of time, we have copies at the site.)

Need a ride?

If you need a ride to the vaccination site, the Mid-Mo Region of OATS Transit is providing free rides. This service is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. More information can be found at www.oatstransit.org/schedules or by calling 573-449-3789 or 800-269-6287.

Arrival

Because we are scheduling by appointment only, there is no need to arrive more than 15 minutes early. We have set up our appointment slots to ensure appropriate physical distancing and efficient patient flow. If you have an appointment, we have your dose saved for you!

The earliest we will check you in is 15 minutes before your appointment time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment, please wait in your vehicle. We are trying to avoid people lining up outside the vaccination site in the winter weather.

Parking

In your confirmation email, we will provide a map with parking options. There are parking lots immediately to the east and north of the vaccination site, with the north lot offering accessible parking. Signage clearly identifies both lots.

From the parking lots, follow signage to the vaccination site entrance, which is on the southeast side of the stadium. We have set up the site to provide one-way patient flow; you will enter the southeast side and exit the northeast side.

Learn more about what to expect once inside the site:

This video features staff and others who completed a walkthrough prior to the vaccination site's Jan. 25 opening.

Please note: As we continue to monitor our supply of critical PPE, including gloves, we opted to use a barrier bandage to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots so we didn’t need to use gloves that are in demand for patient care. The bandage goes on the injection site after it is sanitized, and the person administering the shot sanitizes his or her hands before and after administering the injection. The bandage re-seals after the injection, which prevents fluids from entering or exiting the injection site. Learn more.

Departure

We have an observation area where you may sit after you receive your vaccination. Our staff includes nurses who have access to anaphylaxis kits, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), vital sign monitors and cots to provide the safest possible environment.

When you leave, you will exit on the northeast corner of the building to ensure one-way patient flow.

How Much Does the Vaccine Cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free as it is provided by the federal government. However, there is a vaccine administration charge that will be billed to your insurance if you are insured. At this time, there is no copay or co-insurance and thus no out-of-pocket costs. You will enter your insurance information (if you are insured) when scheduling your appointment.

For those with Medicare Advantage plans, you will need to know your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Your MBI is on your Medicare card. Learn more.

When and How Will I Get My Second Dose?

You will schedule your second-dose appointment when you schedule your first dose. The first two COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and both consist of a two-dose series. For Pfizer, the second dose should be administered 21 days after the first dose, and for Moderna, the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first dose.

If, for some reason, you are unable to keep your second dose appointment, you should get it as soon as possible. The CDC has recommended both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines be given up to 6 weeks after the first dose. If you received your first vaccine through MU Health Care, please call our vaccine center at 573-771-2273 to reschedule your second dose.

Learn more about the vaccines.

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