MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine County Public Health (MCPH) department anticipates receiving a limited
shipment of vaccines for Muscatine County medical professionals within the next few weeks. MCPH received concrete guidance from the state of Iowa as to who to give the initial doses of vaccines released to public health departments to. MCPH wants the county community members to know that everyone in the county represents a priority to them as they work through distribution of the vaccine following the guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
MCPH received direction to distribute the first round of the limited vaccines to medical professionals in the next two weeks. These people have the highest risk of exposure due to their job. Through a collaborative agreement, pharmacies will receive and distributing vaccines to long-term care facilities. These individuals have the highest risk of complications due to their phase of life.
“As we continue to receive additional guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health on vaccine distributions and targeted populations, we will share with the respective groups of people in the county. We anticipate that the entire vaccination process will take several months,” said Christy Roby Williams, Director Muscatine County Public Health.
MCPH will continue to receive guidance from federal and state entities for additional information on vaccine distribution expectations. Once the information becomes available, MCPH will communicate plans with the general public. For the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC for information.
In the meantime, MCPH asks that everyone continue to follow the precautionary measures effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. It will take several months for full vaccine distribution, so it is vital that current mitigation efforts, like masks and social distancing, continue in order to reduce your chance of contracting the virus or spreading it to others. Together, the COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.