|3/1/2021 9:50:00 AM|
People encouraged to be engaged in vaccine efforts
Each Monday around mid-day; the Chisago County Public Health page on the county website is programmed with an update on local virus data and to announce vaccination opportunities in the county.
Courtney Wehrenberg, Public Health spokesperson said the situation around dispensing vaccine, may not be ideal, but it’s been working. Chisago County has not had a long term care facility report a new positive case since January, she reports. Also, the monthly number of cases have decreased by 50 percent each month since November.
Due to short notice on vaccine supplies and the desire to not waste a drop, whenever a vaccine site ends up with unused doses, public health staff activate outreach efforts to inform everyone on a list of age 75-plus, and a host of other contacts, that doses are available. County Public Health notifies contacts at area senior housing complexes, etc. that there’s an opportunity to act to get vaccinated.
Wehrenberg said the county website (Covid-19 information box upper right home page) also is carrying information on registering for being contacted. If there is a specific clinic date and time scheduled that will be on the website too. (www.chisagocounty.us)
People can also call 651-257-1300 and press the number one to get to Public Health and then press one again for a nurse. The county is administering shots at this time to priority groups like teachers, healthcare workers and the elderly.
According to Wehrenberg, about 2,400 vaccines have been administered. Chisago County is using the Moderna formulation, which has a tight timeframe to administer or it can expire. The county may get two to four days’ notice only, when there’s an expected availability, Wehrenberg added.
It is not uncommon that the word may come on a Friday for doses to be administered by a Tuesday or Wednesday.
The best method if you are a senior citizen, or in a priority innoculation group, is to go to the website and register either through the link you are guided to or by using the phone number provided. This wait list is checked whenever there’s a vaccination event on the horizon.
Wehrenberg said the public health staff has been involved in numerous public community vaccination sessions, and expressed the staff’s gratitude for area law enforcement assisting at sites for security and building owners (townships, etc) for their partnership in this.
Also, she noted, approximately 75 percent of county school district staff are now vaccinated. Wehrenberg said district superintendents are involved in weekly informational sessions with Public Health.
The M Health Fairview system also has vaccinations, for priority groups, contact the Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming for those details.