• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Health care workers, first responders get vaccines ,at clinics,No shipment this week

By noon Wednesday, the second and final day of last week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics for health care workers and first responders, nurses from the Woodford County Health Department had already administered the remaining 160 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Another 140 doses (of the 300 received last week) were administered a day earlier. So far, the health department has administered 500 doses of the vaccine, Woodford County Public Health Director Cassie Prather informed the Sun Monday. She said no vaccines will be shipped this week and she had not been informed when the health department will receive its next shipment. Updates on when the Woodford County Health Department will begin administering vaccines again, and to whom, will be posted on its social media page and website (wchd.com). “There is no hard and fast date of when we will be moving to the next tier” of individuals to get the vaccine, a Woodford County Health Department social media post stated. “The tiers we are following are recommended by the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Kentucky Department of Public Health. We are working to comprehensively cover each tier before moving on to the next tier.” The ACIP recommends health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities receive the vaccine in phase 1a of the vaccination program; persons age 75 years and older and frontline essential (non-health care) workers in phase 1b; and persons 65 to 74 years of age and those with high-risk medical conditions in phase 1c. Twenty-plus health care workers and/or first responders were lined up waiting to get into the gym so they could get their vaccines at Huntertown Elementary School before the health department’s clinic started at 9 a.m. last Wednesday, Barrett Schoeck, environmental health director, said. “They wanted to make sure that they had a spot in line,” he said of their early arrival. When the Sun talked to him, Schoeck was taking the names and telephone numbers of health care workers unable to get the vaccine at last week’s clinic so can be contacted when the next batch arrives, he said. Shoeck described Huntertown Elementary as a great site for the vaccine clinics because of all the indoor space and ample parking. Asked what it means to him as someone in public health to see people getting the vaccine, Schoeck said, “I just like to see the excitement in everyone’s eyes that’s coming to get it. ... And hopefully, it’s a means to an end of this” pandemic.

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