Thursday, March 11, 2021

Crawford County Public Health Still Phasing COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

Crawford County Home Health, Hospice and Public Health announced on its Facebook page that for now it is continuing to focus on Phase 1B tiers 1 and 2 as well as Phase 1A in COVID-19 vaccine administration. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced late last week that vaccines could be administered to individuals age 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that could increase risk of severe illness from COVID.

The list of priority populations in the phases feature people age 65 and older, healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities, and first responders. The groups also include school staff, licensed childcare providers and early childhood educators as well as individuals with disabilities and staff who are in a group living situation.

The public health office said it will issue announcements when it is able to move into the other populations.

Crawford County Public Health began vaccinating workers at the county’s manufacturing and food processing facilities last week using a one-time allocation of 1,200 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those should be completed on Friday.

Crawford County expects to continue receiving 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine each week as about 4,000 residents are already vaccinated as of this week.

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