CORONAVIRUS: Slots for Friday's mass vaccination event disappear; Lyon County Public Health says more clinics coming Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Slots for Friday's mass vaccination event disappear; Lyon County Public Health says more clinics coming KVOE News file photo

Lyon County Public Health is asking residents to be patient as it moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the coronavirus vaccination effort.

Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern says all slots for Friday's mass vaccination clinic at the Bowyer Community Building is full, with the nearly 600 slots all filled shortly after the clinic was announced. Public Health would like to expand to everybody in Phase 2 -- residents over age 65, high-contact critical workers and people in congregate settings -- but the supply just isn't strong enough yet.

The clinic is from 9 am to 6 pm Friday, with residents over age 65 and Phase-1-eligible workers getting medicated. Six people will be vaccinated at a time, with all patients to wait 15 minutes afterward to monitor for allergic reactions. Millbern says side effects are mainly mild and resemble those from other vaccinations, like aches, tiredness or perhaps a low-grade fever. Secondary doses may have more evident symptoms than initial doses.

If you couldn't get into Friday's clinic, Millbern says more will be scheduled -- although they may be on short notice. The current vaccine flow has the federal government alerting states of their upcoming shipments on Tuesdays. The state, then tells local governments about their respective shipments on Wednesdays and the vaccines go out on Wednesdays -- but it can be Sundays before vaccines are delivered. The Health Center's current plan is to have special vaccination clinics on Fridays or Saturdays.

If you called Public Health hoping to go on a wait list, Millbern says the agency and Newman Regional Health did not keep official lists simply because of the response time needed to call residents back and get them scheduled manually. The Health Center is calling those residents back to let them know they will have to register online. Pharmacies and doctor's offices may have taken wait list information.

Future clinics may have limited space for non-online appointments, but that will be on a case-by-case basis and will be handled through a first-come, first-served approach. Millbern encouraged residents to follow traditional media and social media for updates on additional clinics. Information will be simultaneously released to the media and the Public Health Facebook page.

For more information, call Public Health at 208-3741 or follow Public Health on Facebook.

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Last modified on Thursday, 21 January 2021 11:23