Law. Co. Health Dept. approved as COVID-19 vaccinator

Steve Chapman

Vaccine may be available to healthcare workers by February 2021
The Lawrence County Health Department has been approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Lawrence County.
“We have just been approved as a vaccinator, and our first order has been placed,” said Janella Spencer, administrator of the health department.
However, it could still be a couple of months before the vaccine arrives in Lawrence County, and when it does, only healthcare workers will be allowed to receive it.
“We have been told that vaccine is in very short supply,” Spencer said, “and not to expect any until the first part of February. At that time, we will start with … healthcare providers.”
Spencer said she cannot say exactly when the vaccine will arrive in Lawrence County.
“There is no way to predict when vaccine will get to us or when everyone will be vaccinated,” she said. “It is kind of a wait and see approach right now as our hands are tied. We are just happy that a vaccine will eventually be available to everyone and we just have to be patient and wait our turn. We are continuing to make tentative plans and those will change from time to time depending on when we get vaccine.”
 According to the COVID Vaccine website, part of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website, the vaccine is being distributed in four phases. Currently, the state is in Phase 1A, the first phase of distribution. In this phase, the vaccine is distributed to healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff.
The second phase is Phase 1B. In this phase, the vaccine will be distributed to high-risk populations (i.e. those who are over 65, have a body mass index of 30 or higher, have kidney disease, diabetes, etc.), essential workers (i.e. child care workers, agriculture workers, energy workers, etc.) and first responders (i.e. paramedics, police, firefighters, etc.).
The next phase will be Phase 2. In this phase, the vaccine will be made available to populations at increased risk. These include the homeless and prisoners. The final phase will be Phase 3, when the vaccine will be made available to all Missouri residents.
According to the COVID Vaccine website, nobody who receives the vaccine will be required to pay for vaccination, but for those with health insurance, the providers can be billed.
COVID testing in Lawrence County
For those who wish to be tested for COVID-19, test providers include: In Mt. Vernon, the OCH (Ozarks Community Hospital) at 108 S. Hickory (on the square) for their existing patients and school aged children. In Aurora, Price Cutter at 708 S. Elliot and Access Family Care at 1810 S. Carnation Ave. More information on COVID-19, including testing and steps to take to protect yourself and others, can be found at the Lawrence County Health Department’s website at For the Missouri COVID-19 website, go online to



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312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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