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Coronavirus in the Ozarks

Alex Crowder

Coronavirus in the Ozarks

KSMU is dedicated to broadcasting critically important information as our community experiences the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, you'll find our ongoing coverage. 

Local resources:
Registration is now OPEN for the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine event. Book your vaccine appointment here or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 417-874-1211. 

On August 23, 2021 the FDA granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine also received full FDA approval on January 31, 2022.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 has been granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is recommended for children and adults except individuals who are allergic to the vaccine or ingredients in the vaccine.

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are authorized for those 6 months and over. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are authorized for 18 and older. Individuals who are immune-compromised, pregnant, or breastfeeding, should check with their doctor before getting any vaccine.

Vaccinators in the Ozarks region include some health care facilities and pharmacies.  You can click on the following vaccinators for more information: Missouri Vaccine NavigatorCoxHealthJordan Valley Community Health CenterMercy, Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, Sam's ClubWalmart, and Missouri State University's Magers Health and Wellness Center.

If you are sick in the Ozarks region and suspect you may have COVID-19, call your doctor or health care provider first

For the latest information and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), click here.

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has set up a coronavirus hotline; residents and medical providers  can call 877-435-8411. And if you'd like to share how the pandemic is affecting you, email us at