Mahaska County Public Health has released updated information to the community regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
According to a press release, Mahaska County Public Health was notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that they will be receiving a consistent weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses to distribute to the community. The next allocation that Mahaska County will receive from IDPH is 400 doses of Moderna vaccine.
“We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to vaccinate people as vaccine
supply allows. The amount of vaccine we receive each week continues to be limited and
we expect this to be the case for a few more weeks,” stated Public Health Coordinator,
Patty Malloy. “We are very excited that as soon as more vaccine is allocated to us, we
will be ready to quickly scale up,” added Malloy.
Iowa is currently in Phase 1-B, tier 1, which focuses on first responders, including fire fighters, police officers, and child welfare workers. Mahaska County will also vaccinate PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers. People 65 years
old and older, also qualify under 1-B tier 1. Our seniors are eligible throughout 1-B. Once a group becomes eligible, the group remains eligible throughout the remainder of the vaccine rollout. This means that those who were eligible in 1-A, health care workers, continue to be eligible.
The community is being encouraged to continue signing up for MahaskaAlert messaging system, and to select “Public Health” setting to ensure that the vaccination updates come to you. This messaging can be received via phone, email or text. You can sign up for MahaskaAlert by calling (641) 672-3257 or find the link to sign up on mahaskahealth.org. You can also stay up to date with all information on Mahaska County Public Health Facebook, Mahaska Health’s website and the information only line (641) 672-3445. You can also call Mahaska County Public Health with questions at (641) 672-3257.