MONDAY UPDATES: Boone County hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday

The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination comfort clinic to help those interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine but are anxious about needles or the process of receiving a vaccination.

The event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the health department at 1005 W. Worley St. in Columbia.

The clinic is open to all ages and all COVID-19 vaccines will be available (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). Individuals can receive any dose, including primary and booster doses at the clinic.

The comfort clinic is sensory-friendly and will have extra comfort measures available to patients including anxiety-reducing activities, private rooms for vaccination, distraction tools and volunteers trained in evidence-based child life therapeutic interventions.

COVID vaccines at PHHS are free and do not require ID or health insurance.

Boone Health again eases COVID-19 restriction on number of visitors

Boone Health said Monday that it has eased limits on the number of visitors each patient can have as COVID-19 cases remain low.

Hospital patients can have four visitors per day effective Tuesday, Boone said in a news release. Patients with coronavirus are encouraged to use other methods of visitation, such as video calls, according to the release. Visitors must be at least 2 years old (12 for intensive care unit visitors), undergo a COVID-19 screening and wear a mask. More details are available on the Boone Health website.

The hospital has gradually eased limits on numbers of visitors based on COVID-19 statistics. The hospital had no visitor limits before the pandemic, spokesman Ben Cornelius said.

Cases in Boone County have risen slightly since the start of April, when they bottomed out after the omicron waved subsided. Boone County hospitals were only treating 11 coronavirus-positive patients as of Friday.

Numbers statewide show an overall decline in cases and deaths in recent weeks. Hospitalizations have fallen precipitously since winter. At the start of June, more than 80% of Missouri’s cases came from the BA.2 variant, which has led to outbreaks in some large cities and some foreign countries.