Washington County Public Health to offer vaccine

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Washington County Public Health will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to county residents as the vaccine becomes available, said Danielle Pettit-Majewski, department administrator.

“All of the available information right now is that COVID-19 vaccine will be in very limited supply in the beginning, and initially we will receive 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine,” Pettit-Majewski said. “Initial doses will be priorities to people most vulnerable to the virus and those in critical industries, as defined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Infectious Disease Advisory Committee.” 

The first doses arrived in the county on Dec. 22.

Those in priority populations in Phase 1A are residents of long-term care facilities, long-term care facility workers and healthcare workers with direct patient care responsibilities. Recommendations are set by the federal government based on availability of vaccine and clinical trial outcomes.

As more vaccine becomes available, priority will allow additional groups and individuals to be vaccinated.  Phase 1B is essential frontline workers and populations 75 years or age and older.  Phase 1C is anticipated to be essential workers, individuals age 65 to 74 and those 16-74 with high-risk medical conditions.

It is expected that by mid-2021, enough COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who want to receive it.

More information is available at the department website at washph.com and on the department Facebook page. Further information is on the state public health department coronavirus page at idph.iowa.gov and the state COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

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