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 Process

The state of Missouri has designated MU Health Care as a high-volume vaccinator for mid-Missouri. 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.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for people age 16 and older. For those 16 or 17, they must have a parent or guardian sign the vaccine consent form. The Moderna vaccine is are authorized for people age 18 and older. 

How Do I Get an Appointment?

Please see our appointment scheduling page to find available opportunities. Once you click on a scheduling link, you will be presented with a series of questions to help confirm your eligibility, and you must attest to the truthfulness of your answers to proceed.

Please note:

  • Vaccination is by appointment only. We cannot accept walk-ups at this time.
  • We are only vaccinating Missouri residents.

If you or someone you know needs help scheduling with MU Health Care, please call (573) 771-CARE (2273). 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 will receive a confirmation email with important information you will need to review and act upon. This email comes from noreply@timetap.com. Please check your spam, junk and "other" email folders if you don't see the confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact our call center at (573) 771-CARE (2273) to confirm your appointment.

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.

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

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 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?

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 six weeks after the first dose. 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.

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