Public Health Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Registration
Thank you for your patience as our department rolled out the first public clinic and the use of a new vaccine management system. We recognize the intense interest in the very limited amount of vaccine, 500 doses total. Due to extreme demand even prior to posting a link, our website began experiencing technical difficulties. We apologize for the change in the registration process. We quickly responded with an alternative link for individuals to sign up for slots in the clinic and notified the public of this new link via our local media, our Facebook page, and our email listserv where individuals have signed up to receive alerts. Slots were filled very quickly, as we anticipated, with such high demand.
Today is the first day of Phase 1B. As we are notified of our weekly allocations of vaccine from the state of Iowa, we will work with our partner healthcare entities to vaccinate the 65+ priority group. In the meantime, our staff are continuing to test and modify our registration site based on feedback we have received. We will communicate about vaccination opportunities through our website, social media pages, local media partners, and listserv. Sign up for email updates on the front page of the Scott County Health Department website.
As a reminder, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council make the prioritization decisions on which groups are vaccinated in Phase 1B. We receive instruction from the Iowa Department of Public Health, receive vaccine from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and will implement the requirements they outline for us.
We expect the demand for vaccine to far outweigh the supply for the upcoming weeks and it will take a number of weeks to have enough vaccine for Scott County’s large 65+ community.