The Springfield-Greene County Health Department penned a temporary lease to operate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic out of a former Gordmans department store.
The governmental agency’s lease covers the remainder of the year at the 1425 E. Battlefield Road building, said Health Department spokesperson Aaron Schekorra. The property is owned by Morris Corners LLC, according to Greene County assessor records.
The Health Department is opening a vaccine clinic at the building starting Oct. 11, according to a news release. Officials cited demand for vaccines prompted by the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech booster shot and the pending approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children 5-11 years old.
The booster shots are available to people who are six months past their second vaccine dose and meet certain criteria: either 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings, people aged 18-64 who have underlying medical conditions or those 18-64 who are at increased risk because of their profession.
The Health Department estimates 23,000 Greene County children will become eligible after approval of the shot for that age range. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is scheduled to meet later this month to evaluate the safety of the vaccine for children, according to the release.
Greene County hit the 50% vaccination mark last month among the eligible population, according to a separate news release.
The Health Department's new vaccine clinic will operate in a 46,000-square-foot building, according to a listing of the Morris Corners property by Matthews Real Estate Investment Services. The listing indicates Gordmans paid nearly $31,000 per month for the building lease.
Gordmans closed the store last year.
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