Oskaloosa, Iowa – Mahaska County Public Well being, in cooperation with Mahaska Well being and Mahaska County Emergency Administration, are engaged on getting vaccines out to people within the 1B group as shortly as doable.
In an interview with Oskaloosa Information, Mahaska Well being’s Denyse Gipple stated there was some excellent news this week from the State of Iowa.
Gipple stated they’ve realized that their vaccine allocation is slated to be constant all through February.
To start out the 1B section, Mahaska County acquired 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and later within the week acquired a further 300 doses to make use of as prime vaccine.
The prime dose, in any other case often known as the primary dose, will then be adopted up with the second dose accordingly.
The 1B group consists of these Mahaska County residents who’re age 65 and older. There are roughly 4000 residents within the county that meet that age requirement.
When requested in regards to the size of time it could take to vaccinate these residents with simply 400 doses per week, Mahaska County Public Well being Coordinator Patty Malloy stated she expressed that to the State of Iowa.
Malloy expects that after the long-term care services have been absolutely vaccinated by pharmacies, these further doses might be reallocated to be used within the inhabitants’s 1B phase.
A part of that 4000 Mahaska County residents dwell in long-term care services and have already been or are ending up their second dose of the vaccine.
At this level, roughly 1200 folks inside Mahaska County have already acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine.
In terms of getting that essential second dose, Gipple stated that the State would ship that allocation out on the acceptable time, and that dose has already been put aside.
Mahaska County Public Well being is using the Mahaska Alert System that Mahaska County Emergency Administration operates to assist manage and alert people when vaccine doses will develop into accessible. “When that alert goes out that we are able to take appointments, we might be prepared on the telephones and making appointments as an alternative of taking names,” defined Malloy.
With a view to assist extra folks get the data they want, Mahaska Well being arrange a further cellphone line to assist make that accessible.
That cellphone quantity is (641) 672-3445 to be taught extra.
Public Well being says they’re working with the varsity districts to assist them get their workers vaccinated and coordinate these efforts with the districts.
Additionally in that 1B group are emergency responders comparable to hearth and police.
You will discover out extra by visiting the Mahaska Well being web site at https://www.mahaskahealth.org/ or join the Mahaska Alert system right here – http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/mahaska_ia/wens.cfm