MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine County Public Health department has started preparations to receive and dispense COVID-19 preventative vaccines throughout the county. Small shipments of the vaccine may arrive as early as Dec. 13. Public health works consistently with the hospital, emergency management agency, and community partners on developing plans to distribute the vaccine as guided by state and federal government.
“We will be setting up points of dispensing in several communities and locations throughout our county to reduce barriers for accessing the vaccine,” said Christy Roby Williams, director of Muscatine County Public Health. “We want to make it as easy as possible to obtain for people seeking this preventative measure.”
Public health will receive direction on how to distribute the vaccine to specific priority groups of the population from the state. They will serve healthcare personnel and special populations first and the general public at a later date. Public health will communicate these tiered priority groups, locations, and times of vaccine distribution sites to the county once they receive shipments of the vaccine.
“When possible, we encourage all community members to receive the vaccine in order continue fighting the spread and keep Muscatine safe and healthy,” said Roby Williams.
Vaccines work with your immune system so your body can fight the virus if you are exposed. To get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine, please rely on reliable sources such as the CDC. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of exposure to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.