(Le Mars) — Vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 virus have begun in Plymouth County, and Plymouth County Community Health Director, Tara Geddes says while many other counties have seen a rise in the positivity numbers, Plymouth
County, during the last few weeks has seen a decline in the positivity percentage rate.
Geddes says Floyd Valley Healthcare is dictated by the Iowa Department of Public Health as to who can receive a vaccination against COVID-19. The state’s attorney general office also tells of who can and can’t be vaccinated for the virus. She says county health care workers have been given the first
round of vaccinations consisting of the Merdena vaccine.
The County Community Health Director says nearly 200 county healthcare workers were given the vaccine during the three days of clinics held last week. Geddes says Plymouth County long-term nursing care facilities both residents and staff have now been given their vaccination shot.
Geddes says they are now waiting for the Iowa Department of Public Health to establish the next level of priority vaccinations.
Geddes anticipates it may be late spring or summer before COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general public.