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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Siouxland
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What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Siouxland

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Healthcare workers get COVID-19 vaccine

Tracy Larson, chief nursing officer, left, administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to critical care nurse Mary Jones, on Dec. 17 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City. Front line health care workers were the first to receive the vaccine.

SIOUX CITY -- COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Siouxland.

In Iowa, Woodbury County distributed its first shipment of vaccines to healthcare workers, who sit within the Phase 1A priority group. The first doses were administered Dec. 17 at hospitals; others to receive the vaccine included EMS units.

Phase 1B, which includes people 65 and older and Iowans who work in law enforcement, emergency response, K-through-12 education, and child care, is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 1, but demand will initially outstrip supply. Clinics are expected to begin at the Tyson Events Center in February, though appointment scheduling is not yet available. Officials have said up to 2,000 doses could be administered daily in Woodbury County.

As of Jan. 26, 4,930 vaccine doses had been administered to Woodbury County residents; including doses given to people who lived elsewhere, 7,949 inoculations had been administered in the county. Roughly 1,000 Woodbury County residents had received both doses of a vaccine. The share of Woodbury County residents who have been inoculated is slightly lower than the state average.

Long-term care facilities, another priority group, have been receiving vaccines through national pharmacy chains.

The vaccine is not yet available to the general public in any jurisdiction. Health officials expect widespread public availability in spring or summer.

In Nebraska, Dakota County Health Department has created a waiting list for people 65 and older; officials will contact residents when it’s time to schedule their appointment. In most parts of the state, those distributions will likely begin in February, once vaccinations for healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents are complete. The state has also set up a registration platform, though that does not include appointment scheduling or priority lists.

Nebraska had administered 153,231 total vaccinations as of Jan. 28, but did not provide a geographic distribution of those inoculations.

South Dakota on on Jan. 18 began vaccinations in priority group 1D, which includes people 80 and older, those who live in congregate settings and some other frontline workers. Avera Health is providing inoculations in Union and Yankton counties; Sanford Health is doing so for Clay County residents.

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