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Greene County's Vaccination Rate Reaches 40%, Still Below State And National Rates

Daniel Paquet

The latest surge in COVID-19 cases in Greene County is prompting more people to get vaccinated.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 40% of Greene County residents 12 and older have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the last seven days, 4,371 vaccines were administered at clinics hosted by the health Department and other community partners-–the highest since May 23, the health department said in a news release.

But 60 percent of residents are still not vaccinated, and the county’s vaccination rates lag behind state and national rates.  The health department said, in order to reach the needed level of protection, at least 70 percent of Greene County residents need to be fully vaccinated.

Currently, 230 people are being treated for COVID-19 at CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield, and 99 are in critical care.  Of the total, 111 are Greene County residents.  On Wednesday, 405 Greene County residents tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the county saw case numbers over 400 was January 4th.

Find out where to get a vaccine at or call (417) 874-1211.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.