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JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s low national vaccination ranking and discrepancies between geographic areas and vulnerable populations were among the concerns raised by lawmakers during a three-hour meeting with the state’s vaccination team recently.

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It wasn’t a week after Polk County CERT director Jo Christian started efforts to reorganize and relaunch the local program this month that she heard from Bolivar City Fire Department chief and city emergency management director Brent Watkins, delegating the volunteer group its first job of t…

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One week after launching an online portal for eligible patients to request a COVID-19 vaccine, Mercy has coordinated special shot clinics, including one at its Bolivar multispecialty facility, to administer the doses.

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Bolivar Mayor Chris Warwick and others rolled up their sleeves Wednesday, Jan. 20, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot at Polk County Health Center’s first vaccination clinic.

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Two local health organizations instrumental in the county’s fight against the new coronavirus pandemic have asked Polk County residents interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to fill out information online.   

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This week, Gov. Mike Parson activated the next phase — Phase 1B, Tier 1 — of Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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Just two weeks into its COVID-19 vaccination process, Citizens Memorial Hospital is warning local residents about a scam circulating in the community. 

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Bolivar High School is hoping to see its students return to class four days per week on Monday, Jan. 11, one week after winter break ends Monday, Jan. 4. 

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Here are 2020’s 10 most read Bolivar Herald-Free Press articles, ranked according to the most unique page views by subject during the year at BolivarMoNews.com.

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Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar marked a pandemic milestone moment Monday, Dec. 21, with the arrival of its first COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

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In a series of social media posts this week, the Polk County Health Center has offered the following tips as local residents prepare to navigate yet another holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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In a normal year, Polk County Circuit Clerk Tiffany Phillips said the county may hold anywhere from six to 18 jury trials. 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic marches on, Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation continues looking at various options to help offset the influx of positive coronavirus inpatients. 

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Last week, the Polk County Health Center announced a sudden increase in the number of reported positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths tied to a nursing home in Humansville. 

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In an effort to honor recent graduates while maintaining social distancing standards driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Baptist University found a creative solution and held multiple graduation ceremonies last week.  

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As Polk County residents prepare to celebrate yet another holiday in the midst of a global pandemic, the Polk County Health Center has again shared a message of celebration mixed with caution. 

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Emme Hall said, sometimes, it doesn’t feel like she’s actually in high school anymore.