NEVADA, MO – Cottey College will host a first dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic especially for veterans.
The clinic takes place on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cottey College Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Austin Blvd. in Nevada. Further clinics will take place on Thursday in Harrisonville, on Friday in Cameron and on Monday in Warrensburg. They are hosted by the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
All vaccinations are only given by appointment and are open to all registered veterans, regardless of age or underlying illness. Many veterans have already received an automated call encouraging them to make their appointments, but VA officials still have many open appointments, said David Isaacks, director of the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
Appointments are available for veterans by calling the Kansas City VA Medical Center call center at 816-922-2619 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays. Individuals must be enrolled in VA health care to receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the program. If a veteran is unsure whether they are eligible, call 404-828-5257 to verify eligibility or to register by phone.
The program, known as Operation Noah’s Ark, is designed to ensure that the allotted vaccine doses that are dispensed each week are given in the same week, Isaacks said. This ensures that no dose is wasted and no dose is left idle.
“A 100% occupancy rate per week shows our commitment and priority to end this pandemic and win back the summer,” Isaacks said in a statement.
The Nevada clinic will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Social distancing and masks are required for participants.
In the meantime, free COVID-19 tests will be available on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Access Family Care, 210 W. 10th St. in Lamar, and on Friday, March 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Access Family Care, 530 S, is offered on Maiden Lane in Joplin. Register at health.mo.gov/communitytest.