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Yes, the vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people and have passed safety requirements in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III trials. For more information, visit the trustworthy sources below for in-depth and accurate information about vaccine safety and effectiveness.
The initial clinical trials did not include children. Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those aged 16 and up. Moderna’s vaccine has been authorized for emergency use to vaccinate those ages 18 and up.
People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with a healthcare provider may might help you make an informed decision. While breastfeeding is an important consideration, it is rarely a safety concern with vaccines.
No data is available yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on breastfed infants or on milk production/excretion. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to breastfeeding infants. People who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated.
The ingredients used in the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are simple. They contain mRNA, as well as lipids to ensure safe delivery of the mRNA that will initiate an immune response. Although FDA approved adjuvants (aluminum salts) and preservatives (ethlymercury) have a history of safe use in vaccines, they were not used by Pfizer and Moderna in this vaccine technology. Additionally, the vaccines do not include fetal tissue.
Among vaccine recipients during the Pfizer clinical trials, 8.8% reported experiencing any reaction they considered to interfere with daily activity; the most common symptoms were fatigue (4.2%), headache (2.4%), muscle pain (1.8%), chills (1.7%), and injection site pain (1.4%). Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.Among vaccine recipients during the Moderna clinical trials, 9.1% reported local injection site reaction and 16.5% reported side effects with the most common being including fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains.Additionally, no specific safety concerns were identified for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, underlying medical conditions, or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for those age 16 and older. Moderna’s vaccine has been approved for those 18 and older.The vaccines are not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. For information on vaccine components, refer to the manufacturers’ package inserts from Pfizer and Moderna.
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
The latest emergency order went into effect February 21, 2021. It will be in effect until further notice.
The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change, based on guidance from public health officials and other medical experts.
Masks must be worn at all indoor spaces with more than one person per room or barrier-divided space and outdoor spaces where Physical Distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained, except where further exceptions, if any, are approved by the Director of Public Health.
Exceptions to this requirement are:
Yes. Gyms and fitness facilities are also limited to no more than 50% capacity.
Must I wear a mask while exercising outside? You do not need to wear a mask or face covering while exercising outside, so long as you can maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
You do not need to wear a mask or face covering while exercising outside, so long as you can maintain at least six feet of distance from others.
Violations of the emergency order can be reported online here. PLEASE NOTE: if the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.
In order to help reduce the rapid rate at which COVID-19 is spreading, CDC recommends that all individuals over the age of 2 wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Numerous studies have found that masks help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Find more info on our Face Masks & Coverings page.
Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a disability can request a reasonable accommodation from a business. Examples of reasonable accommodations that business may provide include:
Businesses can deny service to customers who refuse to wear a mask or utilize these reasonable accommodations.
Patrons may be standing to order takeout or pick-up, provided the food is not consumed on-site and that masks are worn at all times while in the establishment.
The Mid-America Regional Council has produced a guide to help businesses return to work safely. Additional information on protecting businesses and employees is available on the CDC website.
Education, youth activities, and child-care operations can operate, subject to the following guidelines:
Our guidance is that masks are not required for basketball players when they are in the game on the floor or for wrestlers on the floor in a match. If they are on the bench or sidelines they are required. However masks are also not required for basketball players or wrestlers during scrimmaging or other parts of strenuous practice activities. If they are watching film/video or other less strenuous practice activities then they would be required to wear a mask.
Swimmers are not required to wear masks when they are in the pool either practicing or in competition but should wear a mask otherwise.
Masks are required for all cheer and dance activities.
PE & Recess:
Masks are required at PE activities except for periods of strenuous activity.
Elementary school - Masks required while using the playground equipment. Students may go unmasked for the rest of outdoor recess while maintaining six feet physical distancing.
No, employers should reasonably accommodate employees that have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of COVID-19 and/or need to care for a minor or sick family member.
Clay County Public Health Center strongly encourages all employers to continue to allow individuals to work from home to the extent feasible, and to make accommodations for individuals at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19.
If you are being forced to work in conditions without appropriate PPE, please contact Clay County Public Health Center.
Guidelines are determined by the geographic location of your place of employment. If you work outside of Clay County, the rules governing the place of your employment will be determined by that jurisdiction. The city of Kansas City, Jackson County and Wyandotte County have similar orders to that of Clay County.
Similarly, individuals who live outside of Clay County but work or operate businesses inside Clay County must follow county regulations for their businesses and places of employment.
Yes. Registration for same-day testing will be open*:
After registering, you will be assigned a time slot for later that day. Please see the full registration instructions and the number to call here.
*Does not include holidays. The test site may also be closed due to inclement weather. In this case, the CCPHC website and social media will be updated.
The COVID-19 test site is NOT located at Clay County Public Health Center’s main building (800 Haines Drive, Liberty).
Instead, you will want to go to our secondary location, CCPHC - Hospital Valley. It is located at 556 Rush Creek Parkway, Liberty, MO 64068. This is just south of Liberty Hospital, off Glenn Hendren.
At this time, the Clay County Public Health Center testing site - located at 556 Rush Creek Parkway in Liberty - will administer COVID-19 tests during the day Mondays through Fridays*. Please do not arrive at the site if you have not registered over the phone earlier that day and received an assigned time slot.
The test site is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There may be other testing opportunities on the weekends - refer to the full list of area test sites at clayhealth.com/test.
The COVID-19 test offered at the Clay County test site is a PCR test that tests if you are currently infected with COVID-19. It is nasopharyngeal (through the nose) and administered by one of our health care professionals.
The COVID-19 test through Clay County’s test site is free for everyone. Even those with insurance are not billed.
Clay County residents can receive a test for any reason. Reasons could include:
At the CCPHC drive-through test site, no. We are currently testing all ages.
From Children’s Mercy: Preparing Your Child for a COVID-19 Test
We are typically able to get results to you 1-3 days after your test. If you test positive, you will be notified through a phone call. If you test negative, you will receive an email.
Please do not contact the registration phone lines for your results.
No. Our drive-thru COVID-19 test site is not located at our main location at 800 Haines Drive in Liberty and we do not administer COVID-19 tests at that location. You will be directed to our secondary location at 556 Rush Creek Parkway in Liberty during the open hours for our test site there.
The Clay County Public Health Center test site does not offer antibody/serology tests at this time. These tests can tell if have previously been infected with the virus.
Antibody testing in Clay County:
Learn more about testing for past infection, including the reliability of such tests, from the CDC and FDA.
Thanks for your interest! The state health department has more info and resources for this on their website: https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/plasma-donations.php.
The rapid test currently available for COVID-19 is not as reliable when compared to the PCR test used at the CCPHC site. Also, rapid tests are only approved to use when a person is experiencing symptoms.
If a rapid test is used on a symptomatic person and the result is negative, it must be confirmed by a PCR test.
Clay County populations are vulnerable to pandemics, outbreaks of novel communicable diseases, bioterrorist attacks, chemical incidents and natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, severe weather and earthquakes. Please call 816-595-4200 for more information.
This information is available on our food page.
The Clay County Public Health Center does not have a mold ordinance. It is recommended that you visit the EPA or the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services for
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services keeps a list of licensed installers and soil evaluators.
No. Per CDC guidance, schools that are already open may remain open, as long as the rate of in-school transmission remains low and mitigation measures are fully and consistently implemented.
No. Most sports teams have been successful in participating in competition while keeping the number of cases low. We have appreciated the quick response and partnership when cases do occur and believe that sports may continue as long as we work together.
Social distancing of at least six feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends that schools “space seating/desks at least six feet apart when feasible.” It is recognized that this is not always feasible and a distance of at least three feet between students, with required masking, can also partially reduce transmission.
Most studies did not specify the number of days in which school was on-site. One study specified the schools were in hybrid learning mode, but many others did not specify this. Our local data is based on two days per week.
Yes, the dashboard will be updated to reflect 7-day intervals. Positivity rate may no longer be an accurate indicator of disease in the community with the increase in test accessibility and types. With decreased demand for testing, the positivity rate is reflecting nonrandom, voluntary testing by a select group of people (rather than representative of the community).
At the time, Clay County Public Health Center did not have local, school-based data to support this protocol. However, after evaluation of data collected from the Fall 2020 semester, CCPHC now feels confident in adopting this guidance.
There will initially be a limited supply of COVID vaccine available. Therefore, Missourians will qualify for vaccination based on priority phases. Within each phase, each group will have access to vaccine at different times. For example, in phase 1A, healthcare workers will have access to the vaccine before high-risk populations.
Specific criteria for who will be eligible to be vaccinated at each phase will be clearly communicated once that information is available. Specific definitions within each priority group are subject to change based on guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Who exactly is in Phase 1A?
Who exactly is in Phase 1B?
Who exactly is in Phase 2?
Distribution to eligible people throughout each phase will be slow and steady. There is currently a limited amount of vaccine available. However, it is expected that vaccine availability will increase over the next few months and into summer 2021, with vaccination available to the general public by summer or fall 2021.
Missouri has activated Phase 1A, Phase 1B - Tier 1 and Phase 1B - Tier 2. However, supplies remain limited around the state and not everyone in these phases may be able to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated right away.
Many different kinds of organizations have qualified to be vaccinators in Missouri. These include hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, large employers and more. Check with your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or employer to inquire if they plan to offer the vaccine when it becomes available.
Currently, Clay County Public Health Center is working with Operation Safe to provide 4,500 vaccine appointments every other week. Learn more about Operation Safe and how to be contacted for an appointment here.
View Missouri’s map of COVID vaccinators. Keep in mind that some have not received any doses of vaccine yet and others will have a very limited amount available. Missouri is also hosting vaccination events around the state.
As vaccine availability increases, categories expand, and more people are eligible to be vaccinated, the news will be announced in many different ways. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Clay County Public Health Center will announce the transition to new phases on our webpages, on our social media platforms and in the local news. You will also be notified of your eligibility after filling out the Clay County Vaccine Interest Form and may later receive a phone call or email inviting you to schedule an appointment.
For those who will be eligible for a vaccine based on their employment, you may also receive information on how and when you be vaccinated directly from your employer.
Yes, Clay County Public Health Center began the vaccination of local health care workers on Monday, Jan. 11 in our own clinic.
On Feb. 4, CCPHC joined with Operation Safe to help vaccinate everyone in the currently eligible phases through the mass vaccination clinic at Cerner.
No person can be billed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, if applicable in your situation. Uninsured Missourians will be able to receive the vaccination regardless of their health insurance status.
Check out these pages from other reliable health organizations:
The updated order goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 23 at 12 a.m. and is set to remain in effect until further notice.
Masks must be worn:
A person may remove their face mask where otherwise required under the following circumstances:
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
Do I need to prove I am medically exempt? No, businesses cannot ask you for proof of your medical condition.
Even if you are medically exempt, you can still spread the virus to others by not wearing a mask. You may also be at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 because of your medical condition, so it’s important to still take precautions to avoid becoming infected. Find alternative ways to receive your essential goods or services, like through curbside pickup, delivery, telemedicine, etc.
All business and buildings open and accessible to the general public qualify as an “indoor public accommodation” regardless of if they are public or privately owned. These businesses should adhere to the order to require masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Masks are not required in business/commercial/office settings that have limited or no public accessibility and when employees are consistently six or more feet away from others. In this case, masks would only be required when employees are moving around within the building and when within six feet of someone else.
Yes, they can refuse entry or service. However, businesses should attempt to provide customers with reasonable accommodation, such as curbside pickup or the shipping of items.
Isn’t refusing entry discrimination? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows restrictions when an individual would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. As of March 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic meets the direct threat standard.
To make complaint about a Clay County business or organization, you can submit a complaint with our Environmental Health team here.PLEASE NOTE: if the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to make a complaint.
There are many ways to find or create a face mask or cover.
Business and organizations in need of larger amounts of face masks and other protective equipment can visit our Business Resources page for a list of options.
There are some great resources from Children’s Mercy Hospital. University of Rochester Medical Center, and Sesame Street that help teach kids how to wear a mask and the importance of doing so. Also, Connecticut Children’s breaks down how to make children more comfortable wearing masks by age and the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses mask myths.
Our guidance is that masks are not required for basketball players when they are in the game on the floor or for wrestlers on the floor in a match. If they are on the bench or sidelines they are required.
However masks are also not required for basketball players or wrestlers during scrimmaging or other parts of strenuous practice activities. If they are watching film/video or other less strenuous practice activities then they would be required to wear a mask.
Swimmers are not required to wear masks when they are in the pool either practicing or in competition but should wear a mask otherwise.
High school and middle school - Masks are required at PE activities except for periods of strenuous activity.
Elementary school - Masks would be required while using the playground equipment. Students may go unmasked for the rest of outdoor recess while maintaining six feet physical distancing.
Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19 because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts.
Even once you’ve gotten vaccinated, it is important that you continue to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and watch their distance. Stopping a pandemic requires all the tools available to us.
We know the vaccine is effective at protecting people who get it from COVID-19 — but you may still be able to spread it to others. Health experts are still working to understand more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide before changing their recommendations.
It could take up to three weeks after your last dose of the vaccine to have protection. After that time, because the vaccine has shown high effectiveness, we are hopeful that most people who have received two doses of the vaccine will not be required to quarantine, but we await further guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
At this time, please continue to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19, even if you have been vaccinated. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic. Health experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change this recommendation.
Yes. The vaccine was highly effective in studies but not 100% effective. Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or be able to spread the virus to others. Until we know more, it is important to continue taking precautions, like wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, even after you have been vaccinated.
The COVID vaccines that are currently available both require two doses of the vaccine. Even after receiving your second dose, you will not be immediately protected from COVID-19. Studies show that it takes about one to two weeks after your last dose for your body to be able to protect itself against illness.
Current information suggests it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 may still have a mild or asymptomatic infection or spread the virus to others so it is important to continue taking precautions. Continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing until it is clear that it is safe to stop.
It is very important to get both doses of the vaccine so that your body develops enough antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus if you get infected in the future.
It is also very important that you receive the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine on time. The time frame between the vaccine’s first and second dose is determined by the companies producing the vaccine to maximize your body’s ability to create antibodies against the virus. Many vaccinators will go ahead and schedule your appointment for your second dose while making your first appointment or during your appointment.
Getting more than one dose for a vaccine is not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. Many routine vaccines require more than one dose for maximum protection.
We don’t know yet – researchers will continue to collect data on study participants to determine if immunity decreases over time and if repeat vaccination is necessary.
If you have symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccine, these symptoms do not mean you have gotten COVID-19 from the vaccine. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. For more information about symptoms after receiving the vaccine you can view the CDC’s What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine fact sheet.
This term describes when enough people have protection - either because they’ve already had the disease or they’ve been vaccinated - it is unlikely a virus or bacteria can spread between people in a community and cause outbreaks of disease.
Public health experts are still learning about what percentage of a community would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19. The percentage needed to reach herd immunity varies by disease.
Our clinic hours are currently by appointment only. We schedule appointments on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can make an appointment by calling 816-595-426.
Please call 816-595-4261, and a nurse will get you set up with an appointment.
We no longer accept insurance and self-pay fees will apply at the time of your visit. However, no one is denied services due to inability to pay. Call 816-595-4261 for additional details or any questions you may have.
Please bring your photo ID, Medicaid card, if you have one, and some form of payment. Also make sure you do not go to the bathroom one hour before your appointment so we can get accurate test results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
It is a very good idea to get tested; however, it is important to wait three weeks to get the most accurate results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
No experience is necessary as we have opportunities where no experience is required, and we will train you for your position. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.
We need volunteers periodically throughout the year. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like depending on what your schedule will allow. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.