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Public Health prepares to distribute vaccine once ready

Public Health prepares to distribute vaccine once ready

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As Page County Public Health officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus in the county, they have also begun preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

During the Page County Supervisors meeting Sept. 22, Page County Public Health Administrator Jessica Erdman updated the board on the work the agency is doing.

Erdman said as of meeting time on Tuesday, there had been 149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Page County, with 138 of those having recovered. She said 2,561 residents in Page County had been tested, and the 14-day positivity rating was at 5%. Erdman said the positivity rate is going down in the county.

States have been asked by the federal government to have a distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine in place by Nov. 1. Erdman said PCPH has been working with both the Clarinda and Shenandoah hospital on this plan for the county.

“They are anticipating a vaccine will be coming out here in the next few months,” said Erdman. “So we will partner with both hospitals, one in Shenandoah, one in Clarinda.”

PCPH will have two public pods available in which residents of Page County can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those locations will be the Lied Center located at 1140 E. Main St., Clarinda, and Nishna Valley Christian Church, located at 415 N. Fremont St., Shenandoah.

Indications show a vaccine may not be available still for several months, but Erdman said two rounds of the vaccine might be needed to be protected.

“As of right now, they’re thinking the vaccine is going to be a two-step vaccine, so you will need two of them,” said Erdman. “Depending on which vaccine you initially get, it could be 21 days later, you’ll have to get the second one or 28 days, depending on which vaccine Page County gets.”

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