Several community partners have collaborated to create a site on the grounds of Branson High School to serve as a central location for COVID-19 vaccines for Taney County residents.
According to the Taney County Health Department’s January 29 press release, the health department is coordinating with the Branson School District and Cox Branson Medical Center to bring vaccines to the community.
Vaccinations will take place at the location provided by Branson Schools, while Cox and the Taney County Health Department work together to vaccinate residents.
“We feel privileged to partner with our local health experts in providing a facility for the vaccination clinic,” Branson Superintendent Brad Swofford said in the news release. “The high school activity center has its own parking lot and is located on the high school campus, near the soccer field. The site and facility have their own entrance and exit from the main campus, making it easy for those visiting the immunization clinic to get around. We are happy to be part of this effort to improve the health of our community.
People interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can submit their information online to be placed on the vaccination list. Once eligible and the vaccine is available, people will be contacted by phone, text or email to schedule their appointment. To be placed on the list, go to one of the two following links:
Currently, those eligible for any of the approved vaccines include the Phase 1A group (healthcare workers), Tier 1 and 2 Phase 1B groups (first responders and high-risk individuals). Vaccine supplies are still limited statewide in Missouri, but Cox and the health department are requesting vaccines weekly and holding clinics as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
Officials said in the press release that collaboration between entities is crucial to getting the vaccine to individuals.
“Our community is stronger when we work together,” said Dr. Shawn Usery, chief medical officer at Cox Medical Center Branson. “This collaboration between CoxHealth, Taney County Health Department and Branson Public Schools exemplifies that teamwork. We are excited to roll out the vaccine to our friends and neighbors – such a promising next step in helping us overcome this pandemic.
“We are grateful to community partners who understand the importance of vaccinating our residents and the monumental task ahead of us all,” said Taney County Health Department Director Lisa Marshall. “We are all working diligently to bring vaccines to our community as quickly as possible, and believe that by working together we can better serve Taney County.”
For more information, contact the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544, or visit taneycohealth.org.