Health Department Administers 350 COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

February 02, 2021
Shelby County Health Nurse Penny Barr records information for one of over 300 Shelby County residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina.			                  Submitted Photo Shelby County Health Nurse Penny Barr records information for one of over 300 Shelby County residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina. Submitted Photo

They Shelby County Health Department held its first mass vaccination clinic on Thursday, Jan 28, at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina. The clinic ran from 830 a.m. to 630 p.m., a total of 350 doses of Moderna vaccine were distributed to those we had on a waiting list at the health department. It was a well run event; as our staff will tell you we have been planning for years for such an event utilizing the great facility at the Father Buhman Center based on location, access to classrooms, the main hall along with it being handicap accessible and plenty of parking. It went very well due to the great volunteers we had to help our staff administer 350 doses of vaccine.

Marge Gander and Sandy Werr were our greeters and handed out registration clipboards and kept track of our appointments. Five rooms were set up with Leisa Wear, RN, Kim Hanlon, RN, Penny Barr,FNP/Shelby Co. Board Member, Katie Vannoy, RN, Donna Watkins, LPN and Audrey Gough RN/Administrator to administer the vaccines. Amanda Barrick RN, was our stock nurse and kept our vaccine drawn up and rooms supplied with the help of our high school volunteers Zoe Barrick and Jaylee Barrick. Jami Snow, RN was running numbers and logistics and assessing flow of the clinic and was able to help us add 50 more from our waiting list to our vaccine day. Susan Mann was set up entering everyone’s information into the data base called SHow Me Vax that has to be entered daily to show the state how much vaccine we are drawing down from our stock. This allows that state to know we are administering as fast as we get it and helps in their planning efforts each week in the state’s distribution of vaccine to the Local public health agencies. Megan Thrasher office manager was busy making return appointments along with the help of her high school volunteer Natalie Thrasher. Reminder cards were completed for each recipient to date of return and time in 4 weeks. And last but certainly not least, Richard Mann was our runner, elderly assistant, etc. David Werr, Board Chairman joined him later in the afternoon as they kept clip boards sanitized and back to the registration desk and kept the registration forms moving back to Susan Mann so she could stay at her task of entering data. We also were grateful to have Salt River Ambulance crew on scene with us all day in the event of an anaphylactic emergency. Thankfully it was an uneventful day for their crews.

It was truly a blessed day. It was truly one of the best days in public health that we have seen in a long time. It is giving people a sense of hope that we will soon have this virus manageable where we can hopefully return to some sense of normal.

C&R Market provided our crew with supper and we appreciate their donation.

It takes a team to pull off such an event in 48 hours and we are truly blessed with a great staff and volunteers who are dedicated to their jobs and their willingness to stay late and get the job done so we can continue to do our public health job - protect the health and wellbeing of our residents in Shelby County.

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful compliments, donations and praise we have received. We are very appreciative of being recognized as a key part in helping our community be healthy and safe.