Pfizer now available at PCHD

We are excited to announce the arrival of the much anticipated Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. At this time we have enough vaccine to cover a 1 day clinic. As we receive more vaccine we anticipate it being available on a regular basis such as our Moderna and J&J vaccines.

This clinic is scheduled for Friday, August 20th and a second dose appointment will be scheduled for Friday, September 10th, the time for your second dose will be scheduled at your first dose appointment. This clinic will be held at our office at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334 between the hours of 8am-4pm.

Pfizer is available to anyone age 12 and over. Parents/Legal Guardians must accompany minor children to their appointment, if unable please call our office about the required paperwork. You can learn more about the Pfizer vaccine here on the CDC website >>>

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We continue to urge residents to enter to win a $50 Woods Smoked Meats gift certificate by taking our brief COVID-19 Community Survey.



Take our Survey for a chance to win a Woods Gift Certificate!

This 7 question survey is intended to gain the opinion of Pike County Missouri residents so that we can properly evaluate and respond to the COVID-19 concerns within our communities.  By filling out the survey you have the option to be entered to win a $50 Woods Smoked Meats Gift Certificate by filling out your contact information at the end of the survey. Winner will be drawn on August 6th.

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HEALTH ADVISORY: Pike County Health Department urges community to consider vaccination as COVID-19 cases climb.

COVID-19 cases in Pike County have doubled in one week. On Thursday, July 15th we reported 25 active cases, and as of today, July 21st, we have reached an alarming jump up to 50 active cases. Only 27.4% of Pike County’s population is currently fully vaccinated and only 46.8% for the state of Missouri. Population immunity makes it hard for disease to spread from person to person which is why we urge the community to please consider getting vaccinated. For those getting vaccinated will help protect those who cannot be vaccinated, such as newborns and other high risk individuals and the spread of this disease will decline as our vaccination rates increase.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death. They can reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and are effective against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, currently circulating in the United States including the Delta variant. People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

Some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective. Experts continue to monitor and evaluate how often this occurs, how severe their illness is, and how likely a vaccinated person is to spread COVID-19 to others. It is unsure at this time how long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people and it is currently recommended that everyone 12 years of age and older should get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 12 and older, while Moderna & the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are for those 18 and older.

We have COVID-19 vaccines available daily at our office. If you are not vaccinated, please be safe and use caution when planning activities. Improve ventilation indoors, wear a mask in public, social distance and stay home and get tested if you are having symptoms. We offer Moderna on Wednesdays by appointment and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is walk-in welcome Monday – Friday 8:30-11am & from 1-4pm. Call our office at 573-324-2111 or visit our COVID-19 page for more information or to schedule your appointment today.

Lab Draw Services Now by Appointment Only

To more efficiently serve our community we are now requiring appointments for lab draws. Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 10:30pm. 

We can send labs for QUEST, LABCORP and PCMH with Doctors orders REQUIRED.  We ask that you book an appointment on our website or call ahead to make an appointment so that we can more efficiently serve you. We charge a minimal Clinical Lab Fee of $10.00 and test costs can be billed to insurance. Patients using LABCORP need to arrive before 10:30 a.m. for same day labs.

Things to know before scheduling your blood draw.

  • Talk with your Dr. and see if labs are to be fasting
  • Make sure you have the Dr. orders or they faxed orders to 573-324-3057
  • Bring insurance card if you are billing insurance
  • $10 lab fee on all blood draws
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment time
  •  All labs are drawn in the morning

If you have questions please call us at 573-324-2111.

Book your Lab Draw Appointment here>>>



Online map and text number will help families locate local summer food programs

For Immediate Release:

June 1, 2021


Media Contact:

Lisa Cox

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Online map and text number will help families locate local summer food programs
Free meals are being served to children at hundreds of locations in Missouri


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been helping families in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Through the Summer Food Service Program, thousands of meals have been provided and will continue to be provided all summer. The program is designed to provide breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks to children living in eligible areas during the summer months and during times of public emergencies, when children do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

An online interactive map is provided to help families in Missouri locate where their children can receive free meals this summer.


Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks, swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other locations where children gather when school is not in session. During this time of social distancing, many of the meals are being provided in a non-congregate, drive-through method to ensure the safety of the communities.


The meals are provided to all children that attend the meal service location. Children do not have to register and there is no fee to participate in the program.


Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “It is a comfort to many families knowing this program is available to their children.”


The map and more information about the Summer Food Service Program can be found at For families without access to the internet, summer meal sites in the area can also be found by texting the phrase “Summer Meals” to 97779.


Meals will be served to children age 18 and under. They are also provided to individuals age 18 to 21 who have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.


Funding for the Summer Food Service Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More information about the Summer Food Service Program is available online at or by telephone at 888-435-1464 (toll-free). Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have a speech disability can dial 711 or 1-800-735-2966. Community organizations that would like to become sponsors may also email the Summer Food Service Program at or write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102 for more information.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination

Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo

Keep safety in mind when enjoying summer activities

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2021


Media Contact:

Lisa Cox

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Keep safety in mind when enjoying summer activities


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – This Memorial Day, it is important for individuals to remember summer safety while making plans and enjoying everything outdoors that Missouri has to offer. Taking basic safety precautions can prevent a variety of injuries and illnesses, and could even save lives.

Tick and Mosquito Bite Prevention. Ticks and mosquitoes may be small pests, but their bite can have big consequences. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) remains concerned about the prevalence of ticks and mosquitoes throughout Missouri. The following safety precautions will help prevent both established and emerging diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes.

  • Use insect repellent with a minimum 20% DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
  • When possible wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Always check yourself, family and friends for ticks after spending time outdoors.
  • Remove ticks promptly.


Take two minutes to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitoes.


Food Safety. Whether you are having a picnic, barbecue or fish fry, some simple food safety steps can prevent foodborne illness from crashing your celebration. The following safety guidelines should be followed:

  • Always wash your hands before preparing foods and after handling raw meats, as well as before and after eating.
  • Keep hot food hot (135°F or above) and cold food cold (41°F or below). Leftovers not kept under temperature control should be discarded if left out over two hours.
  • Cook foods completely. Hamburgers should reach 155°F, fish and pork 145°F and chicken or other poultry 165°F.
  • Avoid cross contamination of foods by keeping them separate and well wrapped.


Find more food safety tips here.


Hot Weather Safety. Every year, Missourians suffer from heat-related illness due to Missouri’s hot and humid summer weather. To avoid potentially deadly heat illness, using air conditioning, at home or in a local cooling center, is the best preventive measure. It is also important to become familiar with the following terms used to identify heat hazards:

  • Heat wave: a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.
  • Heat index: a number of degrees Fahrenheit that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
  • Heat cramps: muscle pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.
  • Heat exhaustion: typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.
  • Heat stroke: a life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may results if the body is not cooled quickly.
  • Sun stroke: another term for heat stroke.


Find more information about heat hazards and prevention methods here.


Water Safety. Missouri has a wealth of recreational water areas from backyard ponds, lakes and streams to multi-million gallon water parks with wave pools and slides. All these recreational water options provide hours of fun, but dangers can lurk in the water. Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide and among Missouri’s children. The majority child drowning fatalities in Missouri occurred in unsupervised children under the age of five.


A drowning can occur quickly and silently in a matter of seconds and young children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Children under the age of one are most likely to drown at home in a bathtub or bucket. Children aged one through five are most likely to drown in a pool. Children aged five and older are most likely to drown in open water such a lake, pond, stream or river. By following the safety tips below you can reduce the risk of drowning this holiday:

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  • Actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of young children. Avoid distractions.
  • Teach children water safety skills and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Only swim in designated areas, preferably with a lifeguard. Remember lifeguards provide assistance in emergencies and should not be relied on for supervision.
  • Warn children to stay away from drains in pools.
  • Install proper barriers and covers around your pool and spa.
  • Wear life jackets as appropriate. Life jackets should be US Coast Guard certified, the proper size for the individual, and in good condition. Floatation devices are not a substitution for adult supervision.
  • Know CPR and if a child is missing, check the water first.




About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo

Mobile Veteran Center coming to PCHD

Pike County Health Department Home Health & Hospice and the Columbia Vet Center are teaming up to bring help directly to veterans.  The Mobile Vet Center or MVC, a 37-foot-long vehicle, will be in the PCHD parking lot on Thursday, June 24th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  This partnership makes it an easy way to bring help to veterans who don’t live close to an office where help is readily available.

“We are a rural community that does not have these services available locally, so the Mobile Vet Center being able to visit our community and provide that same level of service to our local veterans is a wonderful to have.” Said Tracy Brookshier, Marketing Coordinator for PCHD.

Veterans can stop at the Mobile Center for information about veteran benefits, free dog tags, counseling for bereavement, marriage or family. As well as Suicide prevention referrals and much more.

Learn more about the Columbia Veteran Center >>>

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