Jefferson County Health Center received the Moderna COVID vaccine last Tuesday and began administering it to staff the same day. The vaccine is being allocated to frontline healthcare workers, emergency responders, and long-term care facility residents and staff per federal and state guidelines. Because of the limited number of doses, the Iowa Department of Public Health determined the number of vaccines that Jefferson County received. JCHC received enough to vaccinate approximately two thirds of their employees.
Health Center CEO Bryan Hunger said in a release that they are very excited to offer the vaccine to their staff who are caring for patients diagnosed with COVID. This will be an additional layer of protection for them. Once it is available for the public, JCHC will be a vaccine location. The timeline is not set, but the vaccine is anticipated to be available for the community in late spring or summer. At this point, JCHC does not have a vaccine wait list for the public. The Vaccines are expected to be administered to long term care residents beginning this week.