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As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority at Missouri Southern State University is the health and safety of our Lion family. You can find the latest information and answers to questions about our comprehensive response below.

Choice is a powerful thing. Here at Missouri Southern, we recognize the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on our communities.
You – and every member of our Lion family – have the choice to help us ROAR back this fall by getting vaccinated.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccination Incentive Information


The MSSU Willcoxon Health Center is no longer stocking COVID vaccines due to low demand and other availability within the community. For individuals interested in starting vaccination or receiving a booster for COVID, Joplin has several pharmacies that offer same-day appointments.

Interested individuals can also look at availability on mostopscovid.com for a vaccine locator.



According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services people are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after getting either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine if they fall in one of these groups:

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, everyone over 18 is eligible to receive a booster shot two months after receiving the dose. They can also choose to mix and match by getting a Pfizer of Moderna vaccine for their booster.

MSSU Willcoxon Health Center hours:
Monday - Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed daily 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged but not necessary. Schedule an appointment by emailing COVID19HC@mssu.edu, call 417-625-9323, or come by the health center.




Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors. Visit the following sites for more information:

COVID-19 Dashboard

Missouri Southern Student, Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Dashboard

Efficient and reliable testing for COVID-19 is an important part of the risk mitigation strategy. Contact tracing remains a function of the local health departments. However, Missouri Southern will continue to assist with contact tracing and notification to members of the campus community who need to isolate as a result of a positive case or quarantine due to close contact.

The dashboard details the medically confirmed COVID-19 cases among faculty, staff and students in or around the Missouri Southern campus community (i.e., students living on campus or near campus, commuter students and employees working on campus). Positive cases are students that have tested through the Willcoxon Health Center and employees that have self-reported to Human Resources. Every effort is being made to keep as accurate counts as possible of those reported.

Feeling sick? Stay home. Faculty, staff and students are reminded to contact the Willcoxon Health Center (students and employees) and human resources (employees) if diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as this greatly enhances contact tracing and reducing the spread of the virus.

Students: Contact the Willcoxon Health Center (417-625-9323, covid19hc@mssu.edu) and your teacher(s). Faculty/Staff: Contact the Willcoxon Health Center (417-625-9323, covid19hc@mssu.edu) and Human Resources (417-625-9527, hr@mssu.edu) You can receive care through your primary care provider.

Information for the City of Joplin can be found on the City of Joplin COVID-19 Dashboard. The State of Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard is also available online.

To view previous data, use the arrows above.

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Your COVID-19 vaccination is the key to our Lion community thriving on campus once again. Get vaccinated and let’s get back to normal. Call the Willcoxon Health Center or any local pharmacy to get the vaccine at no cost. Find out why getting vaccinated was important to these members of our Lion community:

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