Perry County Memorial Hospital in partnership with the Perry County Health Department announce plans to host a Community Vaccination event Friday, Jan. 29.
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“Our team has worked through immense challenges during this pandemic,” said Chris Wibbenmeyer, Interim CEO of PCMH. “In partnership with other organizations and the Perry County Health Department, we are pleased with county-wide vaccination efforts. PCMH began with direct patient care staff, vaccinating over 140 employees so far, and will now transition to the community to control the spread of COVID-19,”
Sylvia Forester, Director of Perry County Health Department shared in Wibbenmeyer’s excitement.
“The Perry County Health Department is eager to move to the next stage of combating this pandemic by providing a community vaccination clinic,” Forester said. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to help keep you, your family, and our community healthy and safe. To date, the Health Department has vaccinated over 200 community members under current eligibility requirements from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.”
As the vaccine supply increases throughout the coming weeks and months, PCMH and the Health Department will expand vaccine distribution to the community, as guided by the CDC and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The first round of community vaccines are set to be delivered next week to Perry County. Due to this, the organizations are preparing to vaccinate 975 community members on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Perry Park Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vaccinations will be given on a first come, first serve basis and offered at no cost to the community.
“Local pandemic response has truly been a team effort between the Health Department, Perry County Memorial Hospital and other local organizations,” Forester said. “Without these community partnerships, the impact of COVID-19 in our community would look very different. We look forward to continuing to build upon these partnerships to provide this and future vaccination opportunities to our community as more and more doses become available.”
As COVID-19 cases continue to impact the community, it is encouraged that everyone remains vigilant in following the safety precautions of physical distancing, wearing a mask, and good hand hygiene, according to health officials. Up-to-date resources and information are available at MoStopsCOVID.com.
- All healthcare workers
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
-First responders, emergency services and public health infrastructure
-Those age 65 and older
-Adults with the following conditions:
- chronic kidney disease,
- Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies,
- In an immunocompromised state from solid organ transplate
- Severe obesity
- Pregnancy (requires a doctor’s note)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people age 16 and older. Two doses are given, 21 days apart.
Dose 1: Jan. 29, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dose 2: Feb. 19, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (No appointment necessary, no cost to individuals).