Press Release from Faith Community Health
Patients of Faith Community Health (FAiTH) and community members took part in a one-day vaccination clinic offered by Faith Community Health, a charitable clinic serving uninsured and underserved residents, located in Branson. In partnership with the Taney County Health Department, the clinic administered more than 100 vaccinations to those who qualified in the span of four hours on Monday.
“We are thrilled to be a community partner in providing the COVID vaccine to our area,” said Dr. Heather Lyons-Burney, PharmD, FAiTH board member and clinical assistant professor at UMKC School of Pharmacy. Lyons-Burney led the vaccination clinic. She said, “With a 95% efficacy, this vaccine is highly effective in protecting from getting the virus and becoming seriously ill.”
While staged in the 15-minute waiting room to monitor for an allergic reaction, Jeanie Staples, a long-time Branson resident and a friend to FAiTH, shared, “I am looking forward to feeling safer and the freedom that returns with the vaccine. Very grateful to FAiTH for providing the vaccine.”
Kenn Tilus, executive director of FAiTH, said, “As a nonprofit clinic serving hundreds of patients at risk with multiple chronic illnesses, FAiTH stands ready to serve our community with COVID vaccine distribution.”
The Moderna vaccine is administered as a two-dose series. Recipients of the first dose will receive their second dose at FAiTH on April 5.