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Large BV County Vaccination Clinic in the Works for Next Week

March 31, 2021 7:52pm

Buena Vista County’s COVID vaccine allocation has increased for the upcoming week, according to Public Health Administrator Julie Sather.

In addition to their state allocation of 300 prime and boost Moderna doses, BV County will also receive 600 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Although 15-million doses of J and J vaccine have been ruined due to an ingredient mix-up, Sather said it's not expected to change BV County's allocation next week.  

500 of the Johnson and Johnson doses are to be administered to businesses identified by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The majority of those doses will be used on Tyson Foods employees. The remaining doses will be directed toward other people that work in the food, agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Those that feel their business qualifies should contact BV Public Health.

The other 100 Johnson and Johnson doses are to be used for special or at-risk populations under the discretion of BV Public Health. Discussions are still occurring as to who will be covered with this vaccine.

Due to BV County receiving the Johnson and Johnson doses, employees at Tyson Foods will not be vaccinated this week as was originally planned, and the vaccine that was pointed to them will not be used there.

Next Monday, April 5th, vaccine eligibility opens up to everyone that meet age guidelines. BV County is allocated Moderna, and the age requirement for that vaccine is 18 and up. BV County is in the planning phases of a large clinic that will be held next week. More details will soon be released.

An online scheduling tool will also be available. For those that aren't able to complete scheduling, there will be an alternate way for them to sign up. More details will soon be available.

With this added population, demand will again outweigh supply, and residents are asked to be patient as the transition takes place.