Mike Lamb, Emergency Management Coordinator for ADLM; Nikki Thordarson, interim Director of Nursing at DCHC; and Lynn Fellinger, Manager of Davis County Public Health, spoke to Davis County Supervisors Monday morning about the administration of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Davis County.

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Lynn Fellinger, Manager of Davis County Public Health, said Monday every hospital and community health care worker in Davis County that has requested a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to date has been immunized.

Public Health began administering the vaccine the day it was received in late December and will begin giving second doses next week, Fellinger said at a Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning. There is a minimum span of 28 days between doses.

There are 10 doses of vaccine in a vial, and once opened, a vial must be used within six hours, Fellinger said. Therefore, scheduling is important, and the Public Health Department always has one or two backups to contact if someone calls and says they can’t honor their appointment.

EMS workers are all included in this phase 1A distribution plan.

Fellinger said her department does not yet have clarification on who will be able to receive vaccine during the 1B phase, but they have been told that law enforcement and fire department staff will likely be in that group.

“We’ve been told IDPH is meeting soon to make those final decisions,” Fellinger said.

According to Fellinger, Davis County’s vaccine administration schedule is comparable to other county schedules around the state.

When it comes to sufficient staff to administer the vaccine, Fellinger said Davis County Public Health is able to handle the job currently.

“Moving forward, as opportunities open up for more community members to receive the vaccine, we are evaluating the next steps to make sure we have sufficient staff to keep up with the demand,” she said.

“We will also need volunteers at that point to monitor individuals for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine in case they should suffer a reaction.”

ADLM Emergency Manager Mike Lamb said the four-county area will remain in the first tier for awhile until all healthcare workers who request the vaccine are served.

If there happen to be extra unused doses in a vial, Fellinger said the goal would be to “get the vaccine into an arm rather than a trashcan,” even if that means vaccinating someone who doesn’t fall into the approved category at the time.

Acting Director of Nursing at Davis County Hospital, Nikki Thordarson, said a plan will have to be made to schedule vaccinations when greater quantities of vaccine become available.

“We don’t know yet how to create that list and make a plan until we have more information,” Thordarson said.

Iowa’s Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) is currently reviewing guidance from the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to further prioritize populations to receive the vaccine in Iowa.

“It is anticipated by mid-2021 there should be enough vaccine for anyone who wishes to receive it,” Fellinger said.

Until the vaccine is widely available, Fellinger says it is critical Iowans continue to practice mitigation measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 by:

• wearing a face mask or covering;

• practicing social distancing with those outside your household;

• cleaning hands frequently with soap and water;

• and staying home if you feel sick.

IDPH announced Monday the website will begin publishing vaccine administration information on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

“We are working to bring a more robust and dynamic dashboard of our vaccine progress online in the coming weeks. Iowans can expect to see additional data points that will clearly illustrate the progress we are making in vaccinating Iowans,” said Kelly Garcia, IDPH interim director.

As of Monday, 96,686 vaccines had been administered in the state, and IDPH reports Iowa is currently performing amongst the highest in the nation for vaccine administration.

Monday night figures published on the IDPH website revealed a total of 297,772 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. Davis County has recorded 678 positive cases with 570 recoveries.

Surrounding counties have posted the following numbers of positive cases: Monroe County 772; Wapello County 3,307; Jefferson County 1,255; Van Buren County 506; and Appanoose County 1,056.

Davis County’s positivity rating in the last 14 days is 17.6%. Twenty Davis Countians have died as a result of the coronavirus.

Davis County Schools have seen a reduction in cases and quarantines with six students currently testing positive and 31 in quarantine. No staff members are currently testing positive, but six are in quarantine.