Ida County receives first doses of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine

Ida County received its first shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine Dec. 22. A total of 400 doses is available for healthcare workers as defined by Phase 1-A of the Vaccine Shortage Order, effective Dec. 14.

Horn Memorial Hospital began vaccinating its healthcare workers Dec. 29. 

Horn Public Health also began to offer vaccine to healthcare workers not affiliated with Horn Memorial Hospital Dec. 29.

Long-term care, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities in Ida County have been matched with either CVS or Walgreens’ pharmacies to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccine for their residents and staff.

When the majority of those in Phase 1-A are vaccinated, the state will allow vaccination of those in Phase 1-B, potentially early February. Phase 1-B will include: persons age 75 years or greater, firefighters, police, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, teachers and support staff, as well as child care workers.  

In Phase 1-C, vaccine should be offered to persons aged 65-74 years, persons aged 16-64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 (cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions [such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies or immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant], obesity, severe obesity; sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus and pregnancy) and essential workers not previously included (transportation and logistics, water and wastewater, food service, shelter and housing, finance, information technology and communications, energy, legal, media, public safety engineers and public health workers).

During Phase 2, vaccine supply will likely be sufficient to meet demand for critical populations, as well as the general public. Ida County has been working with the health care providers in the county these last several months so they can offer the vaccine to their patients. 

Ida County Public Health will also offer vaccine clinics for Phases 1-B, 1-C and 2. Clinics are being planned through St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove and Lohff-Schumann Memorial Community Center in Holstein.

Dates will be set after public health is notified of each phase opening. You can check vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you offering vaccine.

Everyone should continue taking protective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19: 

•Stay home if you’re sick

•Wash your hands often

•Stay six-feet away from others at all times

•Wear a mask when you can’t properly social distance from others.

Recognize that older people and those with chronic health conditions (like diabetes, obesity, heart issues and organ transplants) have a much higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.