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COVID-19 Vaccination

Missouri is now vaccinating anyone age 12 and older, including non-residents. You don't have to be a Lake Regional patient to receive the vaccine, but appointments are required. To make it easier to schedule appointments, Lake Regional primary care clinics follow the below schedule.

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Additional mRNA Doses

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, Lake Regional Health System is now offering an additional mRNA dose at its primary care clinics to people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised.

The CDC has stated that people who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose. The CDC is not currently recommending additional doses or booster shots for other populations but further guidance is expected.

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. Currently, this recommendation only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and not to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

It is not necessary to be an established patient with Lake Regional to receive a vaccination appointment. There is no cost to any patient for the vaccine or office visit. Patients should bring their vaccination card to the appointment. Before receiving an additional mRNA dose, patients will be required to sign a statement indicating they personally consider themselves moderately to severely immunocompromised and thus are eligible for an additional dose.

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Moderately to severely immunocompromised people includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

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Get the Vax Facts:

The vaccines were created quickly. Are they really safe?

A: Yes. Here are the facts about vaccine development, side effects and those rumors you’ve heard:

Vaccine Development: Large clinical trials showed that all approved vaccines are safe and effective, and there were no safety shortcuts. While the COVID-19 vaccines are new, scientists have been working with the technology for mRNA and viral vector vaccines for more than 20 years.

Side Effects: Most side effects are mild, such as sore arm or tiredness. Some people have no side effects at all. Serious allergic reactions or blood clots are extremely rare.

Rumor Control: The vaccines do not: alter your DNA, cause infertility, contain a tracking chip or give you COVID-19.

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What about long-term effects?

A: Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the FDA required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected.

The CDC continues to closely monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. If scientists find a connection between a safety issue and a vaccine, FDA and the vaccine manufacturer will work toward an appropriate solution to address the specific safety concern (for example, a problem with a specific lot, a manufacturing issue, or the vaccine itself).

Are the vaccines effective?

A: Yes, all of the COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against illness.

Efficacy Rates: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have an approximate 95% efficacy rate and are highly effective in preventing severe disease. Johnson & Johnson's has an 85% efficacy rate in preventing hospitalization and complete protection against death caused by COVID-19.

Best Defense: You should not risk the possibility of severe illness and death from COVID-19 when you can acquire immunity from the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Plus, it is unknown how long natural immunity lasts after contracting COVID-19.

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I'm healthy. Do I really need to be vaccinated?

A: Yes, the vaccine is recommended for healthy people, too.

Even though some groups of people have had lower rates of hospitalization and mortality, they still might be vulnerable to medical problems from COVID-19 or even at risk for potential death. The new coronavirus variants also may pose a greater risk to younger people because some are more contagious.

Currently, a rise in coronavirus infections among young people appears to be driving new outbreaks in many states. According to the Missouri Hospital Association, the demographic group of 20-44 year olds currently make up the largest group of positive cases. In addition, the most recent data from the CDC shows that adults younger than 50 account for the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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Is it safe to get my child vaccinated?

A: Yes. Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 12 and up.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says it is essential for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and Missouri’s chapter of the AAP encourages all families to schedule their children for the vaccine as soon as possible. Researchers continue to study COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12. Read more helpful information here.

Moderna and Janssen's vaccines have been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 18 and up.

What should I know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

A: Use of the vaccine has resumed because a review of all available data shows that the J&J COVID-19 vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

Nearly 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the United States. Side effects of concern have been extremely rare, affecting less than 30 people in the 8 million.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider or call the state's COVID-19 hotline at 877.435.8411.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women get vaccinated?

A: COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.

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I've been vaccinated, but I lost my card. What do I do?

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is not offering replacement cards. However, individuals can be directed to complete a Request for Official State of Missouri Immunization Records form, and DHSS can send them a copy of the immunization record on file in ShowMeVax, the statewide immunizations registry. Completed forms should be sent to DHSS via email at, or fax at 573-526-0238.

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Take Action: Contact a Lake Regional primary care clinic today to schedule a vaccination appointment.

More Information

The COVID-19 vaccine itself is provided at no charge. However, there is a vaccine administration charge that will be billed to your insurance, including Medicare, if you are insured. At this time, there is no copay or co-insurance and therefore no out-of-pocket costs. Uninsured patients will have no out-of-pocket costs.

If you receive a bill, it is an error. For assistance, please submit a Contact Us form or call our Patient Financial Services department at 573.348.8798.

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