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JCDHE requests patience through vaccination rollout

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has received limited amounts of vaccine, but is seeing tremendous demand from those seeking the vaccine.

"JCDHE is asking for the public’s patience with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson County is ready to vaccinate as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Vaccines are an important part of mitigating the spread of the virus in Johnson County," said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director.

JCDHE received 1,200 doses on Dec. 21, 2020, and 2,800 doses from the Health Partnership Clinic on Dec. 31, 2020. Currently, health care workers are in Phase 1 and are being vaccinated. This phase will take several weeks to complete, as JCDHE has registered more than 25,000 health care providers to be vaccinated.

Those 65 and older and essential workers are in Phase 2. When additional vaccine becomes available, this priority group will be notified of times and locations to receive the vaccine on jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine. The information will also be shared with local media and posted on JCDHE and Johnson County Government social media pages. The information will be shared additionally in the county’s daily COVID-19 e-newsletter.

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