Panhandle COVID Risk Dial Falls Again; Residents Urged To Self-Schedule Vaccine

      The Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial edged down a little more again this week and is now only about a third of the way into the yellow or moderate zone with the current risk level at 1.38. 

   PPHD Director Kim Engel is urging all Panhandle residents to be ready for spring and summer activities by getting vaccinated, especially since self-scheduling is available with two easy steps.

      Engel says residents 18 and older just register on the website, then pick a day, time, and location in their county that works best using one of 8 links serving single or multiple counties. Dawes County residents can go to

      The links include Dawes/Sioux:, Box Butte/Grant:, and Sheridan: There is no charge for the vaccine and the one-dose Johnson and Johnson version is now widely available throughout the Panhandle. 

       Statewide, almost 960,000 doses of vaccine have been administered to more than 609,000 individuals, including 23,343 in the Panhandle. Almost 373,000 people, over a quarter of the state’s population over the age of 16, are now fully vaccinated.