Chris Estle RN, BSN
I am going to provide the most current, accurate information, in a very direct manner.
The reality for the entire state of Iowa, is that there is a greater demand than supply of vaccine.
Vaccine allocations are sent to us from the federal level, then to the state level and then to the local health departments.
Jefferson County Public Health does NOT have enough vaccine to meet the demand of individuals 65 and older.
Jefferson County Public Health does NOT have enough vaccine to meet the demand for Phase 1B Tier 1-School employees.
Jefferson County Public Health does NOT have enough vaccine to share with our local health center and pharmacies.
We do not know from week to week what our vaccine allocation will be.
We do not know from week to week when our vaccine allocation will arrive.
For the reasons listed above, we cannot make appointments until vaccine is on site.
Once we are able to make appointments, that information will be shared with our local media partners.
I continue to provide updates to local media partners, Please listen to KMCD/Classic 96 as they provide the most current information.
This is not unique to Jefferson County, each and every county is experiencing a similar situation.
In the next few weeks, we will see vaccine allocations increase to local health departments, hospitals, clinics and local pharmacies.
Calling the health department and being rude to my team is not helpful. Showing up at our door and being rude is not helpful.
Be kind, be respectful, be understanding and know that eventually everyone that wants a vaccine will be given a vaccine.
We hear you and we understand your frustrations.