Estle Anticipates 500 Doses Of Vaccine To Be Delivered Next Week

Release From Jefferson County Public Health Administrator Chris Estle:
Jefferson County Public Health continues to work with local partners in anticipation of COVID-19 vaccine.
At this time, Jefferson County will not receive Pfizer vaccine, due to the ultra-cold storage requirement. The FDA Emergency Use Authorization meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020 for the Moderna vaccine. Once the EUA is signed, 500 doses will be allocated to Jefferson County. JCPH anticipates vaccine will be received locally, the week of December 21.
Vaccine will only be available to priority designations per federal and state orders.
Priority Designation Phase 1-A. 1. Healthcare Personnel. Paid and unpaid people serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work remotely. 2. Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) residents. Adults who reside in a residential care facility, nursing facility, skilled nursing facility, assisted living program, or elder group home.
Local community partners including: JCHC, Emergency Manager, Brett Ferrel, and long-term care facilities continue to meet weekly via zoom and talk daily by phone to finalize point of dispensing plans(POD Plans). I will provide updates as they are made available, by federal and state partners.
This is phased vaccine allocation is the same process used during the H1N1 response. I was the JCPH Administrator during that time.
JCPH will NOT be adding individual names to a wait list for vaccine.
As with any response, I am asking each member of the public to be understanding and respectful to all public health team members. We continue to work diligently in this ever changing pandemic response.
Public health STILL needs the public to follow best practices:
*good hand washing
*stay home if you are not feeling well
*social distance
*wear a mask/face covering
Thank you, for the support you have given us during this last 12 months!!

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