The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD), along with the City of Mexico, the County of Audrain and several other entities including the Missouri National Guard, will administer the second dose of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Mexico Memorial Airport on Friday, February 19, 2021.
This round will only be for those that received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the first drive-thru mass vaccination clinic on Friday, January 29th at the Mexico Memorial Airport, at the Audrain County Health Department the evening of the 29th and then at the mini-drive thru clinic the following Tuesday at Mexico’s Presser Arts Center. No other vaccines, either first round or second round, will be given to anyone else that day.
“We’ve devised a system this time that we feel will provide the most efficient and lowest wait-time experience for those receiving the second dose of the vaccine,” ACHD Administrator and CEO Craig Brace said. “I want to thank the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency and particularly Assistant Emergency Management Director Leonardo “Judah” Paniagua for crunching the numbers from the first mass vaccination clinic and figuring out the flow to our system for this return clinic.”
The clinic is slated to start at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 19th and go through 4 p.m. that afternoon. Individuals will be asked to show their CDC Vaccination Cards as they enter the clinic. Those who have misplaced their cards will be issued new cards before being vaccinated.
“We are anticipating 2,332 doses to be administered through this drive-thru clinic,” Brace explained. “We have set up a schedule of arrivals for those that need the second dose injection according to their last name at certain times of the day. We ask that if your name is scheduled at 2 p.m. that you arrive at 2 p.m. Please do not arrive early or late. This will allow for a consistent flow of traffic.”
The arrival time schedule is as follows:
- 9 a.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with A through B
- 10 a.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with C through E
- 11 a.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with F through H
- 12 p.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with I through L
- 1 p.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with M through Q
- 2 p.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with R through S
- 3 p.m. arrival – Those with last names beginning with T through Z
“With this system, we’re hoping this will provide an orderly and efficient way to get the vaccines in the arms and to take up the least amount of time for those that are to receive them,” said Brace. Single vehicles transporting multiple passengers with different last names should choose one of the passengers’ names to determine the arrival time. All in the vehicle will be vaccinated at the same time.
Brace said that once again the Audrain County community has pulled together to make this event as seamless as the first one.
“We’ve been planning this one since the moment the first one ended,” Brace said. “That’s taken a lot of time for several different entities and their personnel already and we are beyond grateful for their willingness to help us make this upcoming event just as successful as the first one.”