COVID-19 Vaccine Becoming Available in Shelby County
By Thad Requet
The COVID-19 vaccine is coming to Shelby County. Phase 1A is beginning today (Wednesday) and Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough said the vaccine will be available to everyone in a matter of time.
“The nursing homes are getting them starting this week. They are all under the Federal contract Operation Warp Speed. They have contracted with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all staff and residents at all long term care centers in the US,” Gough explained.
Two vaccines have been approved, Pfizer and Moderna for everyone to take. Moderna is the one going to the nursing homes and long care facilities in Shelby County. The Health Department has been approved to administer the vaccine to county residents. They have to follow Operation Warp Speed tiers of administration, which means, groups of people based on what they do for a living determines who gets the vaccine first.
Phase 1A includes forward facing healthcare providers, which is anyone who does patient care. Hannibal Regional is one of the 10 sites that received vaccines in Missouri. They reached out to neighboring counties and offered it to healthcare workers in those counties.
Gough, as well as Katie Vannoy were able to receive their vaccine in Hannibal last week. Amanda Barrick got hers in Quincy at Blessing Hospital and the rest of the staff is waiting to get theirs.
Shelby County will be getting the Moderna vaccine when available. It can be kept in a regular chest freezer and will be more manageable to distribute to community members.
“We are now in a holding pattern waiting for nursing homes to get theirs. Then at the end of January we should be able to order Moderna for distribution to 1B people. Phase 1B consists of all individuals over the age of 65, high risk individuals 18 to 64, based on their health conditions, first responders, child care workers, all teachers and education staff, water and energy workers, critical manufacturing workers, and food and agriculture workers.
Phase 2 consists of prisons, homeless shelters and rest of the population.
Phase 3 consists of all other healthy residents.
People will have to call for appointments. Then the health department will call you when they are ready for you.
For More Information
The Department of Health has a COVID website. You can log on to covidvaccine.mo.gov for more information. It has questions and answers to any questions people may have. Both the Pfizer vaccine and Moderma is licensed for ages 18 and over.
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