South Heartland District Health Department COVID Vaccine and Positivity Update

South Heartland District Health Department COVID Vaccine and Positivity Update

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – South Heartland District Health Department officials have announced that the district will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to priority age groups in Phase 1B as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever said this phase of vaccine deployment will include assistance from some healthcare provider offices. “In the four counties of South Heartland, we hope to have a total of fourteen health facilities approved by the DHHS vaccination program to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 years of age and older and adults with illnesses. at high risk, ”she said.

Bever said people living in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls or Webster counties and wanting to get vaccinated should register on the site SHDHD Web. Since the amount of vaccine sent to SHDHD is still very limited, the district will initially focus on people aged 90 and over and gradually expand to other age groups as the vaccine becomes available. will become available.

“It’s easy to sign up to receive the vaccine,” Bever said. “Just follow four steps”.

  • Visit the site SHDHD Web
  • Click on the red banner at the top of the page where it says “Click here for more information on registering your interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.” This will take you to the SHDHD vaccine information page where you can find up-to-date information on COVID vaccines and vaccine distribution.
  • Click on the vaccine image to start the registration survey.
  • Answer the registration questions, then click the arrow to submit. You will be taken to the vaccine information page where you can find more vaccine links and resources.

Bever said the benefit of signing up is that people on the SHDHD list will be notified when they are eligible to make an appointment at their healthcare provider’s office or at one of the clinics. vaccination. Those on the list will automatically be added to the state’s vaccination registration system (called VRAS), once it launches later this month. When this happens, registrants will be notified via VRAS when eligible to make an appointment, and the SHDHD registration system will be phased out.

“How quickly we can get through these priority age groups depends on how much vaccine we get each week and how many people in each priority group want the vaccine. This week we are expecting 600 doses of vaccine. The census tells us that there are approximately 8,000 residents in our district aged 65 and over, which means that if everyone aged 65 and over wants the vaccine, it will take 13 weeks to receive enough vaccine. for that one priority group, ”Bever said.

While waiting for their turn for the vaccine, Bever encouraged residents to continue practicing the 3Cs: avoid crowded spaces, avoid close contact, and avoid confined spaces. “We will need to use ALL the tools we have, including the vaccine, to help stop the pandemic.”

The SHDHD also reported 51 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past four days (January 22 to January 23), averaging 12.75 new cases per day and bringing the cumulative number of cases in the health district. from four counties to 4211. New confirmed cases for the four-day period include: 24 in Adams, 10 in Clay, 10 in Nuckolls and 7 in Webster. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 2,761 cases in Adams, 681 cases in Clay, 443 cases in Nuckolls and 326 cases in Webster.

The weekly positivity for the health district decreased to 8.9% against 10.3% the previous week. By county, positivity was 10.2% in Adams, 5.9% in Clay, 10.3% in Nuckolls, and 6.1% in Webster.

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