Health Department

The city of St. Joseph Health Department has limited public access to ensure proper social distancing and help reduce the spread of virus. Please contact the health department if you have concerns related to our services at 271-4636. The Social Welfare Board can be reached at 233-5188 to schedule an in person or telehealth appointment. 

Currently, the health department is vaccinating those in Phase 1A and Phase 1B Tier 1. Employers within these phases should contact the health department at to express interest on behalf of your employees. Tier 1A Long Term Care Facilities in Buchanan County receive vaccine via pharmacies. Phase 1B Tier 2 includes people aged 65 and above and adults with medical conditions that put them in a higher risk category. These citizens may register for vaccine clinics being held at East Hills Shopping Center and can register at If there are no open appointment times, please check back later. Registration is available only for the amount of vaccine currently in stock and new appointment times are added as vaccine is received.

The Health Department is committed to providing citizens with health care programs that promote healthy lifestyles, education, disease prevention and assessment and are committed to the development and maintenance of a healthy environment. Services provided through the health department are available to everyone. The department also ensures public health preparedness and establishes the capacity to respond effectively to public health threats and other emergencies through its emergency planning and preparedness division. Efforts focus on assessment and planning, surveillance and epidemiological capacity, laboratory capacity, communications, information technology, risk communication, education and training.