While demand for COVID-19 vaccinations has decreased in recent weeks, Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care has filled it’s vaccine clinic for this week.
Administrator Lisa Welter says the county is now offering only one vaccination clinic each week due to the decline in demand, but they’ve been able to fill all appointment-only slots for today. She adds, “This includes the second doses we need to do for the week and we usually schedule primary individuals in that clinic as well. We evaluate each week to see how many doses we will need and accept the amount we need based on demand. We have not had to return or waste any vaccines by doing this. We are very mindful of numbers.”
Welter says while Wednesday’s clinic is full, they are already accepting appointments for next week. Anyone still needing a vaccine can call Chickasaw County Public Health at 641-394-4053. Clinic hours and days vary by the week.
With the decline in COVID vaccination demand, the Iowa Department of Public Health says the state has asked the federal government to withhold 71% of the over 105,000 vaccine doses that were available for the week of May 10. This is the second week in a row the state has asked the federal government to hold back part of its allocation of vaccine doses.