Northern Panhandle Running Out Of COVID Vaccine; 2-3 Weeks For Next Shipment

        Response to the two COVID-19 vaccines currently available has been very good in the Panhandle. 

      Western Community Health Resources regularly handles most vaccinations in the Northern Panhandle with Panhandle Public Health District.

WCHR Executive Director Sandy Montague Roes couldn’t be more pleased with the early public response to the coronavirus vaccine.

The vaccine distribution priorities were initially for front-line health care providers, but have expanded as more doses became available and this week added anyone 75 and older. 

      Roes says the vaccine from Moderna received through the Panhandle Public Health District has been so much in demand that Western Community Health will likely run out today.

PPHD is taking registrations from those 75+ through 2 phone numbers, 308-262-5764 and 308-633-2866 Ext 101, and an online address at Roes hopes people continue to sign up while waiting for more doses to arrive.

Roes says the tentative plan is to set up community vaccination events once enough doses are on hand.                    

Panhandle-wide more than 2,000 individuals 75+ have signed up so far with 3,310 people in all eligible populations having been innoculated. 

     Statewide, 133,896 doses have been distributed to local entitles and 60,170 doses administered. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require 2 doses about 3 weeks apart and only 4,687 second doses combined have been given so far.