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Winneshiek County Public Health Department provides an update on the COVID-19 vaccine

Posted: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 12:46 PM

Winneshiek County Public Health Director Krista Vanden Brink said Friday that right now, the COVID-19 vaccine is still being made available to the priority populations such as health care workers and residents and staff of long-term nursing homes.  Vanden Brink says the latest guidance from the Iowa Department of Health is "that by mid-2021, there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wants to receive it."

As more vaccines become available, state officials will further prioritize populations to receive the vaccine.  State officials are currently reviewing recommendations for Phase 1B and 1C priority populations, but there is no timeline yet for going to Phase 1B.

The Winneshiek County Public Health Department is reminding the public that there are no lists to put your name on to make sure you get a vaccine.  
Until vaccine is widely available to all, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Wear a mask or face covering
Practice social distancing with those outside your household
Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
Stay home if you feel sick

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine.