Beginning on Wednesday, May 19th our agency will be offering walk-ins for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is a one dose vaccine and those interested can easily come to our office Monday – Friday 8am-12pm & 1-4pm to receive it with no appointment necessary. Please bring your photo ID and Insurance Card.
5/13/2021: Bowling Green, MO – The WIC Pike County Health Department is temporarily increasing the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB).
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) gave USDA authority to temporarily increase the CVB to $35 per month for eligible women and children during the federally declared COVID-19 public health emergency. Missouri WIC has elected to use this authority from June through September 2021, to provide additional healthy fruits and vegetables for up to 60,000 women and children per month. Standard CVB values range from $9 – $11.
WIC families have the opportunity to shop for nutritious foods at over 600 authorized WIC retailers throughout Missouri and can receive services at any of the 118 local agencies. WIC serves financially eligible women, infants, and children under the age of five. Fathers, stepparents, foster parents, grandparents, and guardians are also encouraged to apply for WIC benefits for any children in the household under the age of five.
Missouri WIC provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods, and referrals to health services. It is also one of the most successful, cost-effective, and important nutrition intervention programs in the country!
Individuals interested in learning about the benefits of WIC may contact the WIC Pike County Health Department at email@example.com or 573-324-2111.
Although many members of our communities have received a COVID-19 Vaccine and our current active case counts are low, we still need to be cautious and play it safe to help slow and stop the spread. As the weather starts to warm and we get anxious to socialize outdoors we urge you to continue taking proper steps to keep yourself and family safe. Wash your hands often, stay home when you are sick and if you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in our community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, register for your appointment here.
CDC has updated thier guidance with the following recommendations (for non-healthcare settings).
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
Stay home if you are sick and consider getting tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19
Fully vaccinated people can:
Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
CDC and FDA have recommended that use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States, effective April 23, 2021. However, women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen. If you received a J&J/Janssen vaccine, here is what you need to know. Read the CDC/FDA statement. You can also learn more from the EAU Fact Sheet here.
For those ineterested, we are scheduling two mass clinics to be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 807 South Court Street, Bowling Green MO 63334. These clinics will be on Tuesday, May 4th 1-6pm & on Wednesday, May 12th 9am-2pm. We have also began offering the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in our office on Wednesday afternoons. All of these appointments are able to be booked online or by calling 573-324-2111.
Beginning on Wednesday May 5th we will begin offering appointments to receive the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at our office at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334 (behind Walmart). These will be available on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. You can continue to book your appointments online or by calling our office at 573-324-2111. If you have received your 1st dose already at the Church of the Nazarene you will still receive your 2nd dose at the church. Please be patient with our staff as we work through this transition.
Today’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine will be replaced with the MODERNA COVID-19 Vaccine due to CDC planning to pause the administration of the J&J. Those with appointments today will receive the MODERNA vaccine if they wish and will return for a second dose on May 11th. Please be patient with our staff this morning as we are working swiftly this morning to ensure everyone is notified of this change.
The Food and Drug Administration asked states on Tuesday to temporarily halt using Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” after six women in the U.S. developed a rare blood-clotting disorder. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the FDA said in a joint statement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.”
Pike County Health Department will be hosting a Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, April 13th at the Church of the Nazarene at 807 S. Court Street in Bowling Green from 9:30AM – 5:30PM. All Missouri residents 18 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge. Walk-Ins are welcome while supplies last. Bring your Photo ID and Insurance Cards (Medicare recipients please bring the red, white & blue card) . Learn more and guarantee your spot by making an appointment online at pikecountyhealth.org or by calling 573-324-2111.