February 3, 2021 1500
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Chris Estle RN, BSN, Administrator
Jefferson County Public Health had vaccine on site and was able to schedule individuals age 65 and older prior to starting Phase 1B. All of those doses have been administered. It has been a challenging week for you, members of the public and for us at the health department. We continue to make improvements and changes to our dispensing plans. Plans have been in place for years and are reviewed and changed based on the current situation. We have experienced a similar situation with H1N1, vaccine was in short supply during that response as well.
During the Phase 1B Priority TIER 1-5, individuals 65 years of age are eligible to receive vaccine at any time. However, vaccine remains in very limited supply from the state in federal level.
Vaccine clinics are not scheduled until vaccine has arrived at the department. Too many issues could happen, vaccine could be redistributed at the state level or there may be a delay in shipping. At this time, local health departments do not know from week to week the number of doses we will be allocated for the following week. Future vaccine allocations are partially determined by the number of doses that have been administered. As we continue to receive increased vaccine allocations, we will begin to take names and schedule appointments. If and when we receive a large allocation of vaccine (greater than 1000 doses) we will set up a community clinic point of dispensing (POD). This has been the goal throughout this process. We have staff and community members ready to administer vaccine, we just do not have enough vaccine.
At this time with the large numbers wanting to receive vaccine, a list is just not manageable. At the health department, we understand that not all of our residents utilize electronic means of communication. The health department’s current process will remain in place: listen to local radio (KMCD-Classic 96), follow us on Facebook or you can call the office. You may receive a recorded message with the most current vaccine availability or information.
Jefferson County Public Health has met the goal for Phase 1A Healthcare professionals and longterm care centers. Jefferson County Public Health has met the goal for Phase 1B TIER 1-First Responders, Firefighters, Law Enforcement. (We are still working on child welfare and social workers)
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Fairfield, MSAE and Pekin schools will be receiving COVID-19 vaccine in the next several weeks. Dates and locations will not be released to the general public. This is part of Point of Dispensing (POD) security.
Effective today, Jefferson County Public Health is excited to share, that our community partners will be joining us in vaccine administration.
Jefferson County Public Health has allocated a small number of doses to the following partners:
Jefferson County Health Center: Phone 641-469-4180 www.jeffersoncountyhealthcenter.org
Hy-Vee Pharmacy: https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine/consent.
Summit Pharmacy: Phone 641-472-7987
Our future partners will also include: Wal-Mart Pharmacy and NuCara Pharmacy.
Jefferson County Public Health will continue to allocate vaccine to our local partners.
Again, we do not have a large enough allocation to meet the current demand.
Thank you, members of our community for being understanding, respectful and supportive during this on-going process.