A vaccine clinic in Springfield. (Photo: Health Department)

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will transition its COVID-19 vaccination and testing operations from the Health Department Vaccination Clinic on Battlefield Road to Westside Public Health Center, located at 660 S. Scenic Ave., starting Feb. 28.

Along with the new clinic location, the Health Department will also host neighborhood clinics with various community partners in the upcoming months. Hours and locations will vary to allow for accessibility. 

Efforts at the Battlefield clinic

The Health Department began vaccinating at the Battlefield clinic Oct. 11, 2021. As of mid-February, the staff administered 13,267 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and tested 4,871 patients on-site. Also, 3,200 individuals received a $50 gift card for receiving their first or second dose at the Battlefield clinic.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved pediatric vaccination last fall, Springfield Public Schools teamed up with the Health Department to host vaccination clinics and increase testing access for students. In total, 1,984 pediatric vaccine doses were administered at the clinic and 50 SPS students were tested at the site over 12 days during the Omicron variant peak.

Westside and neighborhood operations

Beginning Feb. 28, COVID-19 testing and vaccination will be available each weekday at the Westside clinic. Testing appointments will run Monday-Friday, from 8-11:15 a.m. and vaccinations from 1-4:30 p.m. For appointments, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211 or visit COVIDTesting417.com and vaccine417.com.

Patients receiving their first and second dose will still receive $50 gift cards at the Westside clinic, as supplies last. 

Additionally, various pop-up clinics for walk-in vaccinations will be held on evenings and weekends. No appointments are necessary for vaccine clinics. Upcoming clinics include:

  • Feb. 24: The Library Station (2535 N. Kansas Expy.), 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 25: APO Downtown (303 Park Central W.), 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28: Willard Library (305 E. Jackson St.), 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • March 1: Central High School (423 E. Central) 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Maps with testing and vaccination opportunities can be found at COVIDTesting417.com and Vaccine417.com. Organizations interested in hosting a vaccination clinic can fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Interest Form.

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger