COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Who is leading the community vaccine initiative?

The city of St. Joseph and Mosaic Life Care are working together to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our communities.

Why is the process taking so long?

The biggest hurdle at this time is availability and shipment of the vaccine. Everything hinges on what is received from the state. We are ready, we are prepared - we just need the vaccine to arrive to begin. We ask people to be patient throughout this process and know that we are working hard to get the vaccine to those wishing to be vaccinated.

What is the timeline?

Orders for the vaccine are placed weekly, however, until the state confirms and we receive shipment, that order is subject to change. Mosaic is placing orders for as many vials as possible, but the vaccine is in limited supply.

How will people register to receive the vaccine?

Registration will be online via the city of St. Joseph and Mosaic Life Care websites. When registration is open, it will be announced on the city and Mosaic social media channels, the city's cable channel 19, and through the media. There is the possibility of a large volume of website traffic at the beginning that could cause disruptions. Please be patient while online registering. 

No walk-ins are allowed at the vaccination site.

Where is the vaccination site?

The vaccination site is located at East Hills Shopping Center in the former Gordmans location, 3702 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

What caregivers are involved in this?

This is a partnership between the city of St. Joseph and Mosaic. Other community partners include Buchanan County, Northwest Health Services and United Fiber. Vaccinations and staffing will be a team collaboration from all entities, including medical students, nursing students and some qualified volunteers.

What about people who don't have access to the internet?

Our key partners are working together to communicate to those that might not have access to an e-mail address or the internet. Libraries will be available to those who do not have a computer or internet to help register. Additionally, we are working with social service agencies to help those who are unable to accomplish this on their own as well.

We hope those with access to internet and a computer will reach out to their friends, neighbors and family members to help out as well.

Due to the large, expected numbers of people who want to sign up to receive the vaccine, at this time, we can only accommodate that volume with online registrations. When the time comes, if a phone registration system is necessary, we will address that.

Who can register to receive the vaccine?

We are vaccinating eligible residents through the state of Missouri tier system. Vaccination is not open to the general public yet.

COVID-19 Vaccine Phases

Where can I send people for additional information about the vaccine?

Mosaic Life Care accepts the Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as sources of truth. We encourage you to do your own research on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Will the vaccine cost be covered by the government or insurance?

In the United States, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free to everyone, regardless if you have private health insurance, are uninsured, or on Medicare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), private insurers and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have confirmed the vaccine and appointment will be free, at least throughout the pandemic.

If a person has already had COVID-19 and recovered, do they still need to get vaccinated?

Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, how long the protection lasts is unclear.

Is the vaccine site only for those who live in St. Joseph or Buchanan County?

We encourage residents to first contact the health department in their county of residence for the latest information on how that health department is vaccinating residents. However, the vaccine in St. Joseph is a regional vaccine site.