Gordmans vaccine clinic

The old Gordmans at the East Hills Mall now will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Appointments through Friday already have been booked.

The old Gordmans location at East Hills Shopping Center will serve as a vaccination clinic starting Monday for those 65 and older or who have high risk conditions.

Those who would like to receive the vaccine must register online at MyMLC.com/vaccine. The partnership between Mosaic Life Care and the City of St. Joseph will provide the COVID-19 vaccine to Northwest Missouri residents as supply allows.

Mosaic Life Care Chief Medical Officer Davin Turner said the current plan is to give about 100 vaccines per day, until local officials receive confirmation on additional shipments from the state Sunday or Monday.

Turner said that when supply starts to increase, local health workers are capable of administering close to 1,500 vaccines per day.

Currently Mosaic has been requesting 6,000 vaccines each week, although the health system has been receiving significantly less than what has been asked for.

“Our limiting factor is the number of vaccines, but as we get more vaccine, we will deliver more vaccine to those that are eligible at this time,” Turner said.

Online registration for the COVID-19 vaccine opened Friday. The State of Missouri has authorized COVID-19 vaccinations for Phase 1B – Tiers 1 and 2. Those tiers include emergency personnel and members of the public who meet the following eligibility:

• 65 years of age or older

• Adults (18 years of age or older) with one or more of the following high-risk conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI greater than 40), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome

Both Mosaic Medical Center — Maryville and Mosaic Medical — Albany are working with their community partners on the vaccination rollout in their areas, which will be announced when information is available.

“We rolled up our sleeves getting this clinic set up and now it is time for you to roll up your sleeves and take the immunization,” said Dr. Mark Laney, CEO at Mosaic Life Care. “It’s a patriotic decision, and it’s a good health decision.”

Mayor Bill McMurray said he is excited to see the clinic set up and capable of offering larger volumes of vaccines.

“I’m very grateful for this partnership and the dedication and perseverance of everyone involved to make it happen,” McMurray said. “I have really been looking forward to this day, as I know all of you have.”

Officials note there is a limited vaccine supply from the State of Missouri, and while Mosaic and its partners are ordering vaccine on a weekly basis, actual amounts received are determined by the state.

In the St. Joseph area, people must register on the website for the vaccine, as appointments can’t be made over the phone by calling Mosaic facilities. Officials caution there may be delays on the website due to heavy traffic.

However, regional residents in Maryville should call the Nodaway County Health Department to get on a list at 660-562-2755, and those in the Albany area should call the Tri-County Health Department at 660-254-4846.

City Spokesperson Mary Robertson said Civic Arena will continue to be used for those who are in phase 1A, which includes health-care workers, or tier 1 of phase 1B. Vaccinations for those who have been contacted directly will continue to take place next week.

Clayton Anderson can be reached at clayton.anderson@newspressnow.com. Follow him on twitter: @NPNowAnderson.