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By Marlana Smith
Four-hundred doses of Moderna was distributed last week during the mass vaccination clinic in Shelby County.
The first clinic was held Thursday, Jan. 28 in Shelbina where 350 doses were administered. Another 50 were distributed at the Health Department on Saturday, Jan. 30.
“It was a well-run event; as our staff will tell you we have been planning for years for such an event utilizing the great facility at the Father Buhman Center based on location, access to classrooms, the main hall along with it being handicap accessible and plenty of parking,” said SCHD Administrator Audrey Gough. “It went very well due to the great volunteers we had to help our staff.”
Gough explained there were five rooms set up where vaccines were administered.
Due to the running of numbers and logistics and assessing flow of the clinic, 50 more from the waiting list were able to receive the vaccine than expected on Thursday.
Gough informed the Herald on Friday afternoon, there were 385 people still on the waiting list.
“The list changes every hour with every phone call,” Gough said.
United States Census Bureau website indicated, in 2019, Shelby County population estimated to be 5,930.
Gough said everyone’s information was entered into a data base called “Show Me Vax” that has to be entered daily to show the state how much vaccine we are drawing down from our stock. This allows the state to know the SCHD are administering as fast as they get it and helps in the planning efforts each week in the state’s distribution of a vaccine to the local health agencies.
Reminder cards were completed for each recipient to date of return and time in four weeks.
Gough expressed how much work it takes to pull off an event in 48 hours.
“We are truly blessed with a great staff and volunteers who are dedicated to their jobs and their willingness to stay late and get the job done so we can continue to do our public health job. Protect the health and wellbeing of our residents in Shelby County.
“Thank you everyone for all the wonderful compliments, donations and praise we have received. We are very appreciative of being recognized as a key part in helping our community be healthy and safe,” Gough said.