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. We offer vaccines at two clinics and two pharmacies by appointment only. Schedule your appointment today

MU Health Care is just one of many sources of vaccination in the area. The state of Missouri also has a list of vaccination events in the state.

How Do I Get an Appointment?

Please see our appointment scheduling page to find available opportunities. You can call 573-771-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Are you a senior or homebound?

If you or someone you know is a senior age 60 or older or a homebound adult, they can get assistance accessing vaccination in their community from a local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Learn more at MOStopsCovid.com/seniors.

What Do I Do Before My Appointment?

After you schedule your appointment, you should fill out your consent form and read the vaccine fact sheet. These are available on our scheduling page.

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.
  • Follow masking and physical distancing guidelines at our facilities.
  • 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.

The state of Missouri also provides transportation resources at covidvaccine.mo.gov/ride.

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. 

Parking

You may park in any non-restricted parking spots in our clinic or pharmacy parking lots. Each facility has designated accessible parking. 

From the parking lots, follow signage to the vaccination site.

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.

How Much Does the Vaccine Cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine itself is provided at no charge to you. 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?

If you are receiving a vaccine that requires two doses, you will schedule your second-dose appointment when you schedule your first dose.

If, for some reason, you are unable to keep your second dose appointment, you should get it as soon as possible. If you received your first vaccine through MU Health Care, please call our vaccine center at (573) 771-CARE (2273) to reschedule your second dose.

Learn more about the vaccines.

Get the Vaccine

Read more stories like this