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WCHD offers another clinic

The Webster County Health Department will offer another COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday for both seniors and people under 65 with medical conditions that pose an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

WCHD expects to have about 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine available at Thursday’s clinic, which will start at 1 p.m. at Crossroads Mall.

Appointment slots will open on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and will be available by telephone only at 515-227-7104. Only two appointments can be made per phone call. Individuals will need to provide their name, date of birth, address, and a telephone number. The phone line will not be active until 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close as soon as all appointment slots are filled.

Insurance information will be collected at the clinic. Only those with appointments will be allowed into the clinic on Thursday.

On the day of the clinic, please remember:

Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled time.

There will be a 15-minute wait time after you receive your vaccination.

Please dress in layers so your arm is accessible.

If possible, arrange to be dropped off at the west entrance of the mall.

Please park in the lot in front of the mall entrance on the west side. Overflow parking area will be behind Ja-Mar Drive-In.

Only persons receiving the shot will be allowed in the clinic.

Masks are required.

If you arrive at the mall without an appointment, you will be turned away.

Please have a copy of your insurance information for the clinic. Insurance is not required to make an appointment. If you do not have insurance, you will not be turned away.

Those who have already made an appointment with Daniel Pharmacy or Hy-Vee are asked to not make a duplicate appointment with the Health Department.

“The expansion last week added thousands of Webster County residents to the now eligible population group,” said Kelli Bloomquist, WCHD public information officer. “Nearly 10,000 residents were already eligible under Phase 1B. However, we remain in a vaccine shortage. At this time, Webster County is still receiving limited doses from the state.”

At Saturday’s clinic, Gov. Kim Reynolds said that she was impressed with WCHD’s clinic operations and intended to allocate additional doses to WCHD, according to Bloomquist.

“We hope that we will see these doses in the coming weeks, but right now it’s still going to take time,” Bloomquist said. “If you are typically healthy, yet fall into the new expansion, please be kindhearted and allow those with severe medical conditions and those age 65 and above to be vaccinated first.”

People age 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions are now eligible for a vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the following conditions as being at an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

• Cancer.

• Chronic kidney disease.

• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

• Down syndrome.

• Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies.

• Weakened immune system from solid organ transplant.

• Obesity.

• Severe obesity.

• Pregnancy.

• Sickle cell disease.

• Smoking.

• Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

As vaccine production continues to increase in the coming weeks, Bloomquist said WCHD will have more doses available to residents.

Future clinic information will be publicized when WCHD receives more allocations of the vaccine through its Facebook page, the Webster County website, local media outlets and local partners.

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