Lisa Marshall, Director of Taney County Health Department (TCHD), said they are grateful for community partners that understand the importance of vaccinating Taney County residents with the COVID-19 vaccine. The Taney County Health Department (TCHD), The Branson School District, and Cox Medical Center Branson are working in partnership to expand the access to and the number of COVID-19 vaccinations given to Taney County residents. She adds that everyone is working together to “bring vaccines to our community as quickly as possible.”
The partnership announcement points out that those currently eligible for vaccines include the Phase 1A group (healthcare workers), Phase 1B Tier 1 and 2 groups (first responders, and high-risk individuals including those 65 and older). It also points out that both the TCHD and Cox Medical Center are requesting vaccine weekly and scheduling clinics as quickly as it becomes available.
The first steps in getting the vaccine should be to register with either the Taney County Health Department on the Taney County COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List through www.TaneyCountyHealth.org or Cox Medical through https://www.coxhealth.com/covid/vaccine/. When vaccine becomes available, those who have registered and are eligible will receive an individual notification to set up a specific appointment by date and time along with instructions on what to bring. A separate registration is necessary for each different person, i.e., husband and wife should register separately.
My wife and I have had our first shot and will receive our second shot on February 19th. For us, the process started with registering on the Taney County COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List through www.TaneyCountyHealth.com. A few days later, we received an email with a link to set up an appointment and telling us what to bring. In our case, there was a two-day time window.
As requested, we arrived at the vaccination site about five minutes before our appointment with our masks on, insurance and Medicare cards, and picture IDs. We didn’t have the signed Consent Form, which was attached to the bottom of the email notification, so we had to fill it out on site. About 30 minutes later, including a 15 minute observation period after receiving the shot, we were in the car heading home. There have been no adverse reactions.
For more information on receiving a COVID-19 Vaccination, please contact the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544 or through their website, at www.taneycohealth.org.