Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, Boone Hospital Center and MU Health Care leaders released a joint statement Friday on COVID-19 vaccine availability.

Leaders emphasized that vaccine supply remains “extremely limited.” With a limited supply, the Health Department and hospitals will continue to vaccinate those who are most at risk with COVID-19 exposure, according to the state’s vaccination plan.

In order to move to further tiers and phases, there has to be an increase in vaccine supply from the state, according to the release.

“Our entities continue to work together to coordinate our local COVID-19 response. This includes creating comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination plans. Together we will be able to perform widespread vaccination clinics that can, over time, reach all members of our community who want to be vaccinated,” the statement read.

Interested parties can sign up for vaccine updates by filling out a survey from the city. The Health Department, BHC and MU Health Care will work collaboratively to ensure as many people as possible can be vaccinated.

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