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By Marlana Smith
COVID-19 vaccines are still being distributed in Shelby County. The County Health Department held another off-site vaccine clinic Friday, Feb. 12 at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina.
SCHD Administrator Audrey Gough said 200 doses were administered Friday.
Gough said the same day the health dept. has vaccinated 847 individuals with their first dose which is Moderna.
“The COVID-19 vaccine effort in Shelby County has gotten off to a great start,” Gough added.
Gough said as of Friday, 47 individuals have received their booster.
As of Feb. 12, Shelby County had the highest percentage of individuals receiving vaccines in the state with over 18 percent of the population being vaccinated.
Gough said this number not only reflects the SCHD effort, but also Hannibal Regional Hospital with its mass vaccination events that have and will continue to be held weekly.
“It takes a team to get this much vaccine out in the past three weeks, and we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful staff, board members and volunteers in our community,” Gough said. “The clinics have been a great experience for our staff and volunteers as those that receive the vaccine are joyful and appreciative of the service and feel that there is a light at the end of the this long, dark tunnel we have been in for nearly a year. The more folks getting vaccine increases the herd immunity of our community.”
If individuals want to be vaccinated, you are encouraged to call the health department at 573-633-2353 to get on the waiting list and to also be aware of vaccination events in our surrounding communities.