Vaccine effort continues in South Heartland District

Second phase of vaccine to come soon
Second phase of vaccine to come soon(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 8:26 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The South Heartland District Health Department has reported 72 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their four county region from Tuesday through Thursday of this week. Of those cases, 46 were in Adams County, 13 in Clay County, ten in Nuckolls County and three in Webster County.

The three-day average of 24 cases per day is higher than the overall average for the week of 18.4 cases. The goal of the district is to see cases get down to four or fewer a day, which would represent low community spread.

District officials also provided an update on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in their area. More than 2,090 doses have been administered in the health district since mid-December. To date, the four-county area has received 42 five-dose vials of the Pfizer vaccine and 160 ten-dose vials of Moderna vaccine to use as first doses for the health worker priority group.

Executive Director Michele Bever said the area’s COVID-19 vaccine providers are striving for a quick turnaround time, vaccinating people as soon as possible after receiving the vaccine.

“Vaccine is not stockpiled,” said Bever. “Our goal is to get all of our allocated vaccine out within a week of receiving it. Along with our vaccination partners in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties, we are working feverishly to get the vaccine into arms of individuals in the priority groups who want the vaccine.”

Bever said SHDHD is working with Mary Lanning Healthcare, Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Webster County Community Hospital and Clay County Health Department to vaccinate residents in the four-county area. “SHDHD and our partners have administered ninety-nine percent of the vaccine we received to use as first doses. Next week, our four-county area will focus on wrapping up the first doses for the health worker priority group. We will also be giving the second “booster” doses to health workers who received their first COVID-19 shots in December,” she said.

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